'The Female Blondin', tight-rope walker comes to Brighouse, 1861
This image is part of a playbill advertising '3 grand galas' due to take place at the Black Swan Inn Pleasure Ground, Brighouse from the 8th-10th August 1861. Other acts due to appear included the Brothers Talleen, Monsieur Oriole in his great bottle feats, Herr Osmonde- barrel and globe dancer, the Immitable Brothers and the Aerial Trapeze plus Madame Ozmonde on the Cord Elastique!
Caroline Baker performed in the 1860s as Madame Blondin, so this may well be the same lady who appeared at Brighouse. Caroline Baker married Henry Butcher and the famous Paulo circus family began.
I remember this little old house it was so dark inside we used to call for 1 sausage and a bowl of peas on the way home from the swimming baths. The chap that served us wore a big striped pinny and being only about 8 years old would frighten me to death with his big booming voice. Well worth the spending money of 1 penny then I went home and had my tea.
Well swimming was hard work. Next to ring o bells pub on Commercial St stood a green grocers and they used to also sell game hares, rabbits, partridge all hung upside down outside above the window.
Lovely memories. No cars. People on the streets every day. How I miss it.
by carole liversedge nee hopkins
(halifax born in brighouse)
I know many people enjoy looking at yesteryear pictures of their town and the following presentations are superbly presented accounts of a bygone era all of which are credited to Chris Helme. (view his profile)
You can also catch Chris presenting Sunday Bandstand 2pm / 3pm every Sunday on Phoenix FM 96.7 (Beyond Calderdale it is only accessible via the internet www.phoenixfm.co.uk )
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