Circus Sanger was founded 1821 by John Sanger (1816-1889) and his son, "Lord" George Sanger (1827-1911), took over his fathers circus, and renamed as "Lord" George Sanger Circus. The Sangers married into the Pinder, Coleman, Austin, Hoffman, Freeman and Ginnett families.
1816: John Sanger was born at Chew Magna, Somerset.
1827-12-23: George Sanger was born at Newbury,Berkshire.
1848: Sanger met Nellie Chapman, then performing with Wombwell's lions.
1850: George married Nellie.
1854: Georges son John Sanger was born c.1854 in Norfolk. (John married Rebecca Pinder, born in 1860. They had 11 children, including twins William Arthur and Olman Leslie, born c.1899.)
l871: Sanger purchased Astley's amphitheatre and menagerie. Later, he ran circuses at Agricultural Hall, Islington, Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Bath, Bristol, and Plymouth.
1889-08-22: John Sanger Sr. died while touring, at Ipswich.
1905: Sanger disposed of his circus property, which became part of Howes Great London Circus, Hippodrome, and Sangers English Menagerie
1911-11-28: Sanger was shot dead by one of his employees.
Circus Proprietors have complained that meat rationing arrangements do not provide sufficient food for carnivorous animals like lions and tigers. The Government’s answer was to ban all dangerous animals from public performances, because they might break free during an air-raid. This was the last straw for the 140 year old Lord John Sanger’s Circus. The blackout, labour shortage, food rationing, and now the ban on performing animals means they can no longer continue. At an auction, Annie, their famous 50 year old elephant, was sold to Belle Vue Zoo, Manchester for 50 guineas; Alice, her 16 year old companion, went to rival Tom Fossett’s Circus for 90 guineas. http://www.overthefootlights.co.uk/1941.pdf