William Cooke

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William Cooke
Profession circus artist
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Born 1808
Country United Kingdom

Title artist -
Location at Cooke’s Circus in United Kingdom

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Location at William Cookes elephants in United Kingdom

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William Cooke Jr., circus artist in United Kingdom

Born 1808 , son of director Thomas Taplin Cooke .

Son of Thomas Taplin Cooke, born in 1808 he was a versatile acrobat and performer before setting up on his own (hiring Astley's Amphitheatre in London) for eleven years as a circus venue. His daughter Alice Maud Mary Ann Cooke married the London-based actor George Benjamin Belmore.
In May 1845 he was involved in the Yarmouth suspension bridge disaster where a very large crowd gathered on a bridge to view a novelty side show: a man being pulled along the river in a bathtub pulled by four geese. The death loss was due to inadequacies in the bridge construction rather than the event itself.

Records about William Cooke from the Circus Historical Society
The Sands, Nathans & Co. elephants were named Albert, Victoria. Anthony and Cleopatra; Victoria was not the original of that name. In 1856 Sands and Nathans had imported Albert and Victoria from England where they had been the property of William Cooke and the animal stars of Batty’s Circus.


Siblings through the father Thomas Taplin Cooke (1782 -- 1866):

  1. James Cooke Born 1810 Dead: † 1869
  2. Henry Cooke Born 1814 Dead: † 1901
  3. Rebecca Cooke Born 1814 Dead: † 1898
  4. Mary Cooke Born ?
  5. Alfred Cooke Born 1821 Dead: † 1854

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Born: 1782

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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). artist William Cooke Jr. in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 February 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=1257. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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