Richard Hall also kept a selection of handbills and programmes for entertainments, including Astley's Amphitheatre. Anyone who has read Georgette Heyer will have some passing knowledge of the Equestrian feats of this famous amusement; but has anyone given a thought to how it began? In Mike's new book 'Astley's Circus - the story of an English hussar' he explores its origins, its highs and lows [mostly highs] as the origin of Circus as we know it today. A must-have book for any serious student of, or writer in the period, the only comprehensive work on the subject available. You can get it at amazon.com or amazon.co.UK
enough of me maudering on, over to Mike.
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|Ancestor Richard Hall’s handbill for “Astley’s British Riding School”|