Elephants in Fore Street

The circus comes to town

Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies

Fore Street, 1880s
Arthur Elsden, Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
120 years later
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

This is something we don’t really see any more. It must have been very exciting when the circus was in town and probably a great chance to bunk off school! This was probably taken around the 1880s. Behind the elephants is a huge steam traction engine.

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  • The school logbooks often mention reduced attendance or even sometimes a half-day holiday when the circus came to town.

    By Geoffrey Cordingley (30/11/2021)