1884 Elephants on the Loose

Fig.1 from “The Graphic”. In 1884 only houses 1 to 16 existed on Cathcart hill. Hence the houses on the right are numbers 16, 15, and 14. Note the iron railings compared to the current brick front walls.

Fig.1 from “The Graphic”. In 1884 only houses 1 to 16 existed on Cathcart hill. Hence the houses on the right are numbers 16, 15, and 14. Note the iron railings compared to the current brick front walls.

In the March of 1884, the Sangers’ Circus arrived by train to perform in Gospel Oak. Startled during off-loading, two elephants made a bolt for it. To find out what happened to “Palm” and “Ida” click on the link below. All but forgotten now is the pedestrian passage at 31, Pemberton Terrace where the story reached it’s spectacular climax. The purpose of this eccentric architectural feature, which still exists (though blocked off by iron bars), is now lost in time.

                                      go to :             Performing Elephants in a Cellar, 1884

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