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Fossetts Grand Circus in United Kingdom
Fossetts Grand Circus
Fossett's Grand Circus in about 1880 situated upon the Worcester Race Course ground.
Robert Fosset I
Fossetts Grand Circus,
, was founded in 1852.
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1852: Circus founded by Robert Fossett 1st.
1880: Labelled as Fossett\'s
Prior to 1952, the show was managed under several different names since its first beginnings around 1870. The Fosset family was the oldest circus-owning family in Britain. At times, as many as five generations of Fossetts worked together in the show.
Sir Robert Fossett 2nd and circus proprietor Mary Francis had a son Edward who later took over the circus.
1922: Edward married Mona Powell (daughter of Dr. Powell)
1927: By 1927 it was called Edward Fossett and sons. Edward and Mona had six children, Robert (known as Bobby), Mary, Edward (known as Teddy), Amy, John (known as Johnny) and Mona.
1946: Mona Fossett Powell died.
1951: Edward Fosset died.
The Fosset circus forked into four circuses:
Sir Robert Fossets circus (Bobby)
in UK, and his brother
Fosset Circus (Teddy Fosset)
in Ireland, and their second cousin
Little Tom Fossets Circus
in UK. Another Tom Fosset had
Ringlands Circus (Big Tom Fosset)
, owner of the famous elephants Salt and Sauce.
References for records about Fossetts Grand Circus
Koehl, Dan (2021). Fossetts Grand Circus, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at
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