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Life in Victorian Birmingham could be a hard slog but scanning the notices in local newspapers of the day reveals a great variety of entertainment was available to suit all tastes. Some events, such as the great concerts at the Town Hall, were highbrow and clearly targeted an audience from the wealthier suburbs. But there was fun to be had too, railway excursions and theatre matinees could be enjoyed by many and would doubtless offer a welcome escape from mundane daily rituals. The arrival of the circus, in particular, must have represented a great community event. Performances were offered at different times of the day and seat prices available to suit most pockets. In the advert below there is also an offer of free entry for children from charity schools.
On Friday January 8th, 1858, the Birmingham Daily Post carried an advertisement for Howes and Cushing’s Great United States Circus
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