I thought some of you may be interested in these old newspaper articles.
Dave Jassie (Board Administrator)
25th March 1854 p 5 col 3
Pablo Fanque's Circus - This favourite place of amusement has
met with continued and deserved success during the week.
Several new features have been introduced into the entertainments
including the unrivalled performance of the celebrated black mare
Beda.This beautiful mare,which possesses great docility,has been
so ably trained that her dancing exercises are more like those
of a rational being than one of the equine race.She appears to
listen to the music and to step gracefully and tunefully to its
inspiring strains.Her performances this week have elicited very
warm applause.Mr Fanque liberally devoted the proceeds of
Thursday evening for the benefit of the wives and families of
the soldiers who have departed for the East.The performance was
under the patronage of Major Goodenough,Captain Hunt,and the
officers of the Leeds garrison.The band of the Leeds squadron
of the Yorkshire Hussars was in attendance,and played several
popular airs.The house on that evening,was crowded to over-
flowing,thus evincing the interest that is felt in the laudable
object of providing for the wives and daughters of our noble
Extracts From The Leeds Times 1848
p3 c6 Fatal accident at Circus in King Charles Croft on
Saturday last - Pablo Fanque's Equestrian establishment
Yorkshire Family Historian Index.
Fanque Pablo Pablo Fanque - Circus Owner Oct 1991 128
This was by B R Moorhouse
Fanque Pablo A Circus Death 1848 - Mrs S Darby Aug 1988 096
Leeds Mercury 1854
4th March 1854 p 4 col 1 Advert
Pablo Fanque's Circus Royal .Boar Lane Leeds is now open
every evening by permission of the Worshipful the Mayor,for a
short season only.
Grand change of perforrmance on Monday March 6th and following
evenings.First night of Marco Sciarro,or the Brigand Queen
of the Abruzzi,together with several other novelties.
Grand Day Exhibitions will take place next Tuesday and
Saturday at 2.0 clock each day viz March 7th and 11th.
The door open in the evening at a quarter to seven,commence at
half past.Boxes 3s Side 1s-6d Pit 1s gallery 6d
Children under ten years of age admitted to boxes and pit for
2nd price.Second Price takers to boxes and pit at 9.0 clock
Box Office open daily from 12 to 3 when season and other tickets
may be obtained.
4th March 1854 Supplement p 9 col 3
The Circus - The equestrian establishment of Mr Pablo Fanque has
this week opened in Leeds,with a prospect - so far as crowded
houses can indicate it - of a very prosperous season.The Circus
has been erected by Messrs Bapty,the builders of that of Mr
Franconi,and it is decidedly the most commodious,the best
arranged and handsomest temporary edifice ever erected in the town.
Besides its attractive neatness,it seems to have been specially
designed for the comfort of visitors.The performances have during
the week,been of a very excellent character,and the circle being
continually occupied,the interest of the arena is never for a
moment allowed to flag.Mr Brown the clown who was also with Mr
Franconi,is again here with his rich budget of humour,which he
nightly unfolds,to the great delight of his hearers.
Leeds Intelligencer 4th March p 5 col 3
Pablo Fanque's Circus - On Monday evening las a spacious and
well constructed edifice,opposite the White Horse Hotel Boar Lane
was opened for equestrian and gymnastic performances,by the well
known Pablo Fanque (Mr Wm Darby),who as a caterer for the
entertainment of the public,has on several former occasions
been honoured with liberal patronage in Leeds.
His last visit,preceeding the present one,was unfortunately
attended by a very melancholy accident.On that occasion he
occupied a circus in King Charles's Croft and part of the
building gave way during the time it was occupied by a crowded
audience.Several persons were more or less injured by the fall
of the timbers composing the part that proved too weak,and Mrs
Darby,the wife of the proprietor was killed.This event which
occurred on Saturday the 18th March 1848,excited much sympathy
throughout the borough.A neat monument with an impressive
inscription is placed above the grave of Mrs Darby,in the
Woodhouse Lane Cemetery.
The present edifice in Boar Lane is remarkably strong - even
stronger than that formerly occupied in the same place by Mr
Franconi.On their return to Leeds after an absnce of 6 years
Pablo Fanque and his clever troupe of performers have been
welcomed by a large audience every evening this week,and the
performances merited the approbation bestowed upon them.
Amongst the equestrians we may mention Mademoiselles Josephine
Adeline,and Zepprah,Miss Smith and Mons Schmidt."General Tom
Thumb" and Master Edward Carroll as being very graceful and
accomplished.The gymnastic performances of the Brothers Ellis
are truly astounding,and scarcely less wonderful are the
fantastic feats of the Milner family.
The circus is very neatly fitted up,there is an excellent band
of music,and altogether a fund of healthful entertainment -
heightened by the clever speeches and antics of Mr Brown and
other clowns - is provided for the public.
4th March 1854 p 4 col 1 Poem Advert
Have you been to Pablo Fanque's ?
The sight is entrancing;
First rate riders - first rate clowns.
Posturing and dancing.
The Prince of Lilliputs - Tom Thumb.
His tiny powers exerting.
With Brown the clown of great renown.
They really are diverting.
The ladies in their beauty bright,
In graceful acts they all combine
Whilst Carlo Hurst,and Schmidt and Clarke,
Exhibit daring deeds,
And manage with a master hand
Their noble prancing steeds
The Brothers Ellis too command,
Approval and applause,
Whilst Lilliputians in their feats,
Present some nice tableaux,
The Band likewise with music sweet,
Exert their utmost power,
And all unite to do their best,
To pass a pleasant hour.
The Circus does each night present
A rich and splendid sight
For HYAM'S dress there we can trace
In all its beauty bright
Go where you will- you see it still
The reason is most plain
For cheapness,goodness,style and worth,
It holds the highest name.
This was actually an Advert for Samuel Hyam of 42 Briggate
who along with Barran vied for the most trite poetry used
in advertising for a period of several years.They were
both using poetical adverts in 1849 to 1854