Episode 21

Bristol Lion Attacks

On the afternoon of the 15th, between 4 and 5pm, Joseph Kiddle was left alone in charge when a group of visitors arrived to see the animals. He showed them around but, to their disappointment, the lion was asleep in the farthest corner of its den.

The sightseers had paid money in order to see wild animals “being wild”, and so it fell to the hapless assistant keeper to oblige them. They ended up getting more than they bargained for.


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Bristol Mercury - Monday 19 February 1827


Western Daily Press - Wednesday 20 July 1932

The Combat Between the Lion Nero & the Dogs. Warwick : Sharpe, Printer 1825

Cornishman - Thursday 21 April 1932

Bristol Mercury - Saturday 16 July 1836

Birmingham Daily Gazette - Saturday 26 March 1932

West London Observer - Friday 22 April 1932

Secret Coventry By David McGory

Wiltshire Times and Trowbridge Advertiser - Saturday 26 July 1902


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Hello there! My name is Alice and this is The Backtracker History Show Podcast where I ask you to join me on a meander down through the archives to find out more about the people, places and events from the past.

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