Episode 29

The Circus Of Varieties

The Circus Of Varieties

Season: 4 Episode: 29

An unassuming building in the centre of Bristol was host to some of the greatest entertainers Europe had to offer. It was the site of a very popular past time and regularly had major exhibitions and balls. It even played a part in the development of the area's aviation industry, but you wouldn't think it now.

Listen to the story of a building now called 'University Gate', but was famous as 'The Circus of Varieties'.


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Bristol Mercury - Saturday 18 November 1882

Bristol Mercury - Tuesday 16 November 1886

Bristol Mercury - Friday 17 June 1887

Western Daily Press - 15 Feb 1916, Tue · Page 3

Western Daily Press - Tuesday 25 July 1933

Western Daily Press - 04 Jun 1935, Tue · Page 7

Western Daily Press - 02 Dec 1976, Thu · Page 12

David Hewitt - A lawyer and a writer. His latest book – Gold, Violet, Black, Crimson, White – is about another Great War court case, provoked by a silent film many people considered obscene. The book is published by Matador at £11.99


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Intro music by The Model Folk 


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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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