Old Images of Ascot, Berkshire

Old photo postcard of New Road Ascot Berkshire England 1882

Glimpse history through old images of Ascot, Berkshire, England.

This page focuses on the people and places in and around Ascot, including the Bertram Mills Circus.

If it’s the horse racing and fashions of Royal Ascot you’re after, head to the Ascot Racecourse page.

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Circus 1935

Mind Over Matter (1935) – British Pathé on YouTube


Parade 1937

Near Ascot – Parade (1937) – British Pathé on YouTube


Circus 1951

Circus Trains For Xmas (1951) – British Pathé on YouTube


Circus 1952

Circus Coming To Town Aka Bertram Mills’ Circus Winter Quarters (1952) – British Pathé on YouTube


Alexander Kerr 1954

Alexander Kerr was the animal trainer for the Bertram Mills Circus.

Pet Tiger (1954) – British Pathé on YouTube


Circus 1954

Elephants And Eggs (1954) – British Pathé on YouTube


Peter & Felicity Cadbury 1957

Shopping Donkey (1957) – British Pathé on YouTube


Circus 1963

Selected Originals – Xmas Is For All – Technicolor (1963) – British Pathé on YouTube


Bernard Cuff 1964

Ascot (1964) – British Pathé on YouTube


Barbara White 1966

Dog’s Wool (1966) – British Pathé on YouTube


A Bit of Ascot History

Extract from:

Bradshaw’s shilling handbook [afterw.] Bradshaw’s illustrated tourists’ handbook [afterw.] Bradshaw’s handbook for tourists

by George Bradshaw

Published in 1858

Page 75

ASCOT (Berks).

Here the new line from Aldershot and Farnborough comes in (see page 80).

HOTELS – Royal; Station.

RACES in June.

A healthy spot, celebrated for its Race Course on the Heath (nearly 2 miles in circuit), with a Royal Grand Stand, two stables, large coach house, commodious weighing houses & c., all constructed by the Duke of Cumberland.

These celebrated races are generally attended by some of the Royal Family and the élite of the court, nobility, and fashion of England.

Twenty years ago Ascot Heath was as wild a district as any in Great Britain, with hardly a house visible from it but the Kennels of the Royal Buck Hounds, and an apology for a race stand.

Now the buildings appropriated to the turf form a little city of Olympian palaces.

On most occasions there are upwards of thirty races, some of them bringing together the best horses in the land.

Ascot Place (C. Ferard, Esq.); Ascot Lodge, Titness Park, & c., are here.

Further on, a little to the right, is Binfield and its beech-woods, in a beautiful spot, where Pope resided in his early days.

The restored Church has a curious hour-glass stand, and a monument to Admiral Vernon.


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