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JOHN SANGER (1816–1889)

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 149 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JOHN SANGER (1816–1889), English circus proprietor, was born at Chew Magna, Somerset, in 1816, the son of an old sailor who had turned showman. In 1845 he started with his brother George a conjuring exhibition at Birmingham. The venture was successful, and the brothers, who had been interested spectators of the equestrian performances at Astley's Amphitheatre, London, then started touring the country with a circus entertainment consisting of a horse and pony and three or four human performers. This enterprise was a success from the beginning, and in due course John and George Sanger became lessees of the Agricultural Hall, London, and there produced a large number of elaborate spectacles. In 1871 the Sangers leased Astley's where they gave an equestrian pantomime every winter, touring in the summer with a large circus. Subsequently the partnership was dissolved, each brother producing his own show. John Sanger died while touring, at Ipswich on the 22nd of August 1889, the business being continued by his son.
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we are mr.david and mrs. ezmerelda sanger. we live in a horse drawn wagon and travel around playing music and painting on the pavement. we are descended from lord george sanger and would like to research the connection. davids grandfather was david william sanger, a booth boxer who travelled with horses. he retired at 28,settled in port talbot and died at the age of 32 around 1916. anyone have any information connecting us with the sanger circuses of the turn of the century?
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