My great uncle Walter Manton Partington trained circus lions. His circus name was Retlaw. He was apparently the only trainer to have a licence in northern England in the early to mid 1900's. Under what jurisdiction would a licence come from?

I have contacted the organizations below, who have responded quickly, but to no avail.

  • circusfolk.freeservers.com
  • RSPCA.
  • National Fairground and Circus Archive
  • Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Lancashire archives (where he was living and perhaps housing the animals)
  • knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk.

I'm slowly contacting each UK county archive asking if they have a record of him applying for a license under the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925 - applications, 1926 - 1946 [G935/1].

  • 'I have not found an answer to this question, but it might be worthwhile to consider contacting this site and asking them for help and advise in this instance if, you have not already done so and help in general in following up on these families' circusfolk.freeservers.com
    – sean007
    Feb 24 '18 at 17:33
  • genealogy.stackexchange.com/q/2999/6485 may give you some pointers
    – user104
    Feb 24 '18 at 17:36
  • I might try the RSPCA. Feb 25 '18 at 8:34
  • It's probably worth contacting the National Fairground and Circus Archive.
    – AndyW
    Feb 26 '18 at 9:31
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    I think you should edit your question to include all the additional information that risks being buried in comments.
    – PolyGeo
    May 3 '18 at 12:34

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