SJ8497 : The Elephant in the room (1)

taken 2 months ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

The Elephant in the room (1)
The Elephant in the room (1)

In 1872 James Jennison, the owner of Belle Vue Zoo bought the elephant from a travelling circus. Maharajah was eight years old and stood over two metres tall. He also had very impressive 50cm tusks. He was supposed to travel to Manchester on a train but this upset him. Maharajah's keeper, Lorenzo Lawrence decided it was not safe for the public or the elephant to travel by rail, so together they began an epic walk from Edinburgh to Manchester. Their journey took ten days and covered a distance of over 200 miles.

Maharajah lived in Belle Vue Zoo for ten years and was a very popular performer. He took part in lots of parades in Manchester. He died at the age of 18, probably from pneumonia. Maharajah’s skeleton was displayed in a small museum at the zoo for many years before it was sold to the Manchester Museum.

The skeleton was housed in the Manchester gallery, which has now been closed - along with several other galleries - to allow a £13.5m refurbishment to take place. For two weeks he is on display at Piccadilly Station.

Lorenzo Lawrence (Manchester History net): LinkExternal link
The Elephant that walked to Manchester (About Manchester): LinkExternal link
Manchester Museum: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 4 June, 2019   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 4 June, 2019
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Railways 
Date (from Tags)
1872 
Person (from Tags)
James Jennison  Lorenzo Lawrence 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8478 9788 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.6454N 2:13.8474W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8479 9788
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