Archive for the ‘Noakes’ Category

Photo of Tom Norman/NoakesThe National Fairground and Circus Archive have a fascinating article (by Vanessa Toulmin?) about Thomas Noakes aka Tom Norman¬† “Tom Norman was born on 7 May 1860 in Dallington, Sussex and was the eldest of 17 children. His real name was Noakes and his father Thomas was a butcher who resided at the Manor House in Dallington. According to his autobiography he left home at the age of fourteen to seek fame and fortune on the road ” He later became notorious through his association with the Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick.¬† Here’s the link to the full article (highly recommended):

There is also a Wikipedia entry with more references at

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