Victoria Florence Sanger Freeman

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Victoria Florence Sanger Freeman
Profession circus animal trainer
Personal details
Born 1895-10-28

Spouse(s) 1917 - 1961 James Freeman

Country United Kingdom

Title owner -1962
Location at Circus Sanger in United Kingdom

Biography details

Victoria Florence Sanger , circus animal trainer in United Kingdom

Born 1895-10-28 dead 1991-08 , daughter of artist Georg Sanger Jr. and animal trainer Georgina Sanger .

Affiliation with 1 elephants

1: Annie ( to 1941)

Victoria Florence Sanger Freeman was a legendary figure in the circus world, where she gained and earned the title "the Queen of the Elephants".

Her father having married a cousin once removed, made the young Victoria a Sanger on both sides of the family. She was the great-granddaughter of the original 'Lord' George Sanger. On her father's side, she was a granddaughter of Lord George's brother, John. For many years she travelled with the Lord John Sanger Circus.

As a young lady, 'Vicky' had established a good reputation within the circus industry before the outbreak of the First World War. As a bareback rider, she worked with a large Group of elephants, comprising several magnificent pachyderms: Annie, Betty, Jinny and Tiny. For the first two or three years of the Bertram Mills Circus at Olympia, London, which started in 1920, the Sanger family provided the hub of the performances held there. Later, Sanger Freeman became the last surviving member of the Mills troupe.

In 1917 she married James Freeman, a trapeze artiste, highwire walker and clown, among other roles. He was considered to be the most versatile of all British circus performers in his heyday and as a clown under the name of 'Pimpo' was one of the country's most popular jesters. Plans of their marriage did not meet family approval and the two had to meet in secret. The wedding, which was carried out at Burstow Church, was also carried out Unknown to her family.

The circus show finally ended in 1962, ending a family tradition which had spanned 117 years.

James Freeman died in 1961 and Victoria spent her last years quietly in Brixton. Victoria Sanger Freeman died in August 1991.

She had a son, Pat, who followed the family footsteps as a clown. He died at an early age while performing in a circus in Switzerland.


Total: 1 children

  1. Born: ?. Pat Freeman


Siblings through the father Georg Sanger Jr. (1870 -- 1947):

  1. George Sanger Born ?

Victoria Florence Sanger Freeman s ancestral Ahnentafel:


Victoria Florence Sanger Freeman
Born: 1895-10-28

Georg Sanger

Born: 1870

Paternal Grandfather:
John Sanger

Born: about 1815
Paternal Great-grandfather:
James Sanger
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Sarah Elliott
Paternal Grandmother:
Elizabeth Atkins

Born: 1825
Paternal Great-grandfather::
Thomas Atkins
Paternal Great-grandmother:

Georgina Coleman

Born: 1875

Maternal Grandfather:
Alexander Coleman

Born: ?
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Maternal Grandmother:
Laurina Sanger

Born: "1852
Maternal Great-grandfather:
George Sanger
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Ellen Chapman

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). animal trainer Victoria Florence Sanger in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 22 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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