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].


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