Elephants in Fore Street, Hertford

The circus comes to town

S Williams

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 caption on slide mount reads ‘ Myer’s Circus in Fore Street.’ The Myers’ Great American Circus travelled extensively in England and Europe from the 1860s to the 1880s. At it’s peak it had a herd of 8 elephants, the first herd of such a size to be seen in the country.

    By Susan Payne (22/09/2021)
  • Does anyone here know why there were elephants in fore street? I assume it was to do with a circus but wasn’t positive

    By Jack (23/08/2021)