Ducrow, Andrew

CIRCUS OWNER (GREAT-BRITAIN)
BORN 10 Oct 1793, London - DIED 27 Jan 1842, London
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (076/1 (820))

Andrew Ducrow was the son of an acrobat who had emigrated from Belgium to England. He was trained by his father as a circus performer and his horse act "The Courier of St. Petersburg" was famous.

He performed in England as well as on the continent and in 1835 he became the manager and the owner of Astley's Amphitheatre, where he also performed himself.

His shows at the Astley's were very popular, but the theatre burnt down three times. After the the third time in 1841 he suffered a nervous breakdown. He never recovered and died in 1842.

He was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery were his large tomb is decorated in Greek and Egyptian style.

Sources
• Schöne, Günter, Bühnenstars, Florian Noetzel, Wilhelmshaven, 1998
Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997
Andrew Ducrow - Wikipedia

Images

The grave of Andrew Ducrow at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (26 Jun 2009)

 


Dufour, Guillaume Henri

Published: 10 Jul 2010
Last update: 10 Jul 2010