History of Belle Vue
For nearly 150 years, Belle Vue Zoological Gardens was
one of the most continually successful entertainment destinations in the United
Kingdom. Founded in 1836 by John Jennison, at its peak it occupied over 165
acres and attracted two million people a year. All aspects of entertainment
history can be found in the evolution of Belle Vue. For years people from all
over the UK were amazed at the sight of elephants, monkeys and camels in the
zoo, were thrilled as they rode the fairground rides and rollercoasters in the
amusement park, sang along to their musical idols in The King’s Hall, danced
the night away with their first love, marvelled at the circus and saw Speedway
champions racing to glory on the stadium tracks – Belle Vue had it all and as a
result of this, became known as, Showground of the World.
Belle Vue closed for good in the early 80’s but the
treasured memories still live on in the stories and artefacts of people that
worked and lived there over the years.