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Travelling showmen
« on: Wednesday 13 May 20 21:51 BST (UK) »
My second great grandfather went from being a hawker to travelling showman with a stall and roundabout in 1901 census. i Have an amazing photo of the fairground stall!  He came from Warrington, Lancashire. Does anyone know where i may find out more information on travelling fairs in Lancashire around this time? I've tried Sheffield University fair website and Lancashire family history site.
Many thanks.

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Re: Travelling showmen
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 13 May 20 22:20 BST (UK) »
Manchester archives have a few things. Iíve not looked hard, but there is this teaching pack.


Oh, I see the link isnít working, Iíve deleted it,  I put ďshowmen ď. Into the search.

Hereís the main page

https://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/448/archives_and_local_history

Added, is the photograph black & white?  Sounds like it would be fun to colourise.
Side tracked to a friendís very interesting Norfolk families. MORGAN, PRATT, HORNOR, SUCKLING, GLEANE etc. And in London DOWNES, du CROZ, MORGAN (same MORGANs as the Norwich lot)

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Re: Travelling showmen
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 13 May 20 22:25 BST (UK) »
Thanks. I will take a look. Its all new to me but highly excited with the photos that i have been given!

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Re: Travelling showmen
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 14 May 20 02:27 BST (UK) »
You might also find this interesting: http://www.theshowmensguild.com/History.html
MORGAN: Glamorgan, Durham, Ohio. DAVIS/DAVIES/DAVID: Glamorgan, Ohio.  GIBSON: Leicestershire, Durham, North Yorkshire.  RAIN/RAINE: Cumberland.  TAYLOR: North Yorks. BOURDAS: North Yorks. JEFFREYS: Worcestershire & Northumberland. FORBES: Berwickshire, CHEESMOND: Durham/Northumberland. WINTER: Durham/Northumberland. SNOWBALL: Durham.