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Great Western Hotel, Cliff Road, Newquay, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Great Western Hotel, Cliff Road, Newquay, Cornwall. Early 1900s


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Great Western Hotel, Cliff Road, Newquay, Cornwall. Early 1900s

An elephant pulling a wagon from the Bostock and Wombwell Circus and Menagerie, followed by two camels, near the Great Western Hotel in Newquay. A man is walking alongside the elephants and a maid is watching the procession from a doorway. Photographer: Unknown

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TRURI : NWQfc.3

Media ID 19234073

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Step back in time to the early 1900s with this print from the Royal Cornwall Museum. The image transports us to Cliff Road in Newquay, Cornwall, where a remarkable scene unfolds before our eyes. Standing proudly outside the iconic Great Western Hotel, we witness an enchanting procession led by none other than an awe-inspiring elephant from Bostock and Wombwell Circus and Menagerie. As the magnificent pachyderm gracefully pulls a wagon behind it, two majestic camels follow suit, adding an exotic touch to this already mesmerizing spectacle. Alongside these extraordinary creatures walks a man, seemingly guiding them on their journey through town. Meanwhile, a curious maid peeks out from a nearby doorway, her eyes filled with wonder at this extraordinary sight unfolding before her. This photograph captures not only the vibrant spirit of Cornish life but also highlights the allure of circus culture that once graced our shores. It serves as a testament to the enduring fascination humans have had for animals throughout history and reminds us of simpler times when such parades were cherished events that brought joy and excitement to communities. Preserved by time yet still brimming with energy and charm, this snapshot offers us a glimpse into Newquay's past – its rich heritage intertwined with both nature's wonders and human ingenuity. Let your imagination run wild as you delve into this piece of history that celebrates both Cornish traditions and the magic of circuses long gone by.

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