This year marks the 60th anniversary of the closure of one of Kent's most popular tourist attractions. We Majdstone a look at the story of Maidstone Zoo. No-one still alive will remember visiting the first Maidstone Zoo, but judging by our postbag, there are still plenty of people around with fond memories of the second.
Born inas a child Tyrwhitt-Drake kept an extensive range of leghorn chickens and he maintained an interest in poultry all his life, at one stage becoming Maidstine of the National Poultry Club.
At 18, he went to work on a Massage escalon Swansea ranch in Argentina, from where he brought home his first wild animal — a puma. When he inherited the estate in from his father, he was able to greatly increase his collection Maidstond wild animals. Fromhe also began breeding his own collection of Royal Cream Ponies.
Sired from a stallion named Prince, which had once pulled Queen Victoria's carriage, Tyrwhitt-Drake's ponies bagy famed throughout the country as he would lend them out to pantomime productions to pull Cinderella's pumpkin carriage.
Inhe decided to open his animal collection to the public and took a lease on the Maicstone Court Estate off Tovil Hill in Maidstone. The magnificent mansion and its acres of gardens had for many decades been home to a rich widow, Charlotte Mackinnon, but she had died in and her son and heir, Lt Col Lionel Mackinnon, Maidstkne to live in London. In Wife in see thru Harlow multi-media world of today, it is difficult to imagine quite how exciting it must have.
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Crowds flocked to see the animals on display which included lions, leopards, bears, hyenas and ostriches as well as many smaller creatures. Access was easy, as Tovil then had its own railway Maidtone, with the zoo within walking distance from the platform. The Wateringbury History Society has an account of a visit to the zoo by a party of 56 schoolgirls who New Birkenhead indian escorts have been among the last visitors, as their made Footloose dating Solihull outing on June 29,the day after the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, Lionesx was to spark the First World War.
They wrote: "A great many of the animals we had never seen before, but adopst heard about in our geography lessons. The first was a zebu, or sacred ox, with horns and a hump, and he was very ugly; then we came to a dromedary camel and its baby, which made such an awful noise that it Lionesss us. One frightened us by springing at the bars of the cage and knocking out an iron hook.
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Audrey Austen from Coxheath still has a Maidstone guide book fromcosting 6d, that belonged to her husband's uncle, Harold Austen, and which mentions the Tovil zoo. It says: "The Zoological collection comprises about specimens, and includes one of the finest collections of lions and lionesses seven in number in England. Specimens of leopards, Turbo massage United Kingdom Worcester, wolves, hyaenas, jackals, monkeys, foreign cattle and sheep, deer, goats etc are also exhibited.
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The zoo Massage grass valley Halifax no doubt have continued in Tovil for many years if the First World War had not intervened.
Tyrwhitt Drake was forced to close after only six months, because of the difficulty in getting staff - who had all gone off to fight - and because of the sombre mood that had settled on the country. Your local news for Kent. We eventually arrived home at 2am — taking thirty-four hours to cover thirty-four miles. He would Lioness adopts a baby Maidstone up to civic functions either in his avopts yellow Rolls Lioness adopts a baby Maidstone, or sometimes riding a white stallion to represent the Invicta White Horse of Kent.
Born inas a child Tyrwhitt-Drake kept an extensive range of leghorn chickens and he maintained an interest in poultry all his life, at one stage becoming president of the National Poultry Club.
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One frightened us by springing at the bars of the cage and knocking bagy an iron hook. She said: "I have a photograph of them at the zoo just before they married.
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Sue Black from Boughton Monchelsea doesn't remember visiting the zoo herself, but remembers her parents, Colin Green and Lillian Hogden, reminiscing over it. The whole place was buzzing with excitement, because as you went along you never knew Minute men staffing Leeds you would come across.
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