Wombwell's Travelling Menagerie; 1810-c 1850

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Wombwell's Travelling Menagerie; 1810-c 1850

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1810-c 1850


Founded by George Wombwell (1777-1850). Wombwell began his career in London and bought exotic animals from ships that came from Africa, Australia and South America. He collected a whole menagerie of different animals and put them on display in Soho. In 1810 he founded the Wombwell's Travelling Menagerie and began to tour the fairs of Britain. By 1839 it totalled fifteen wagons, and was accompanied by a brass band. His travelling menagerie included elephants, giraffes, a gorilla, a hyena, kangaroo, leopards, 6 lions, llamas, monkeys, ocelots, onagers, ostriches, panthers, a rhino, 3 tigers, wildcats and zebras. The menagerie visited Norwich at least eight times between 1816-1844.


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