The original 19th century amusement park at Belle Vue dated back to
the 1870s and consisted of a small range of attractions that would have been
found at many such pleasure gardens at the time. These included a steam powered
velocipedes set, shooting galleries, TheOcean Wave Sea On
Landride in 1894,The Helter Skelter in 1904, and
The Figure 8 Toboggan
ride in 1908.
It was in the 1920s and the 1950s that the amusement park
took shape and became a worthy competitor to Blackpool Pleasure Beach with its
array of death defying attractions and latest technological marvels, coupled
with the seaside atmosphere of the flea circus, fairground games and side
shows. From the thrilling ‘Bobs’ ride to
the more relaxed Scenic Railway, there was something for everyone
Professor Vanessa Toulmin; National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield
Programme from 1960's
Object from June 1943
Object from 1950s or 1960s
Photo from June 1943
Photo from 1959-1960
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