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
    Commented Feb 24, 2018 at 17:33
  • genealogy.stackexchange.com/q/2999/6485 may give you some pointers
    – user6485
    Commented Feb 24, 2018 at 17:36
  • I might try the RSPCA. Commented Feb 25, 2018 at 8:34
  • It's probably worth contacting the National Fairground and Circus Archive.
    – AndyW
    Commented Feb 26, 2018 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
    Commented May 3, 2018 at 12:34


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