X-Post from /r/Margate - Discovered in the aftermath of the fire at Dreamland Fun Fair, Margate these Grade II listed menagerie cages held lions and bears. They are the oldest zoo cages in the UK QueenElizabeth2:There are a few others .

Kudos to the photographer, Nick Dermott, for giving me permission to use his unique photographs and also to this site where I found the photos and who continue to work it for the regeneration of Dreamland.

Although the structures have been on the site for about a century they had become overgrown and hidden beneath trees and shrubs. Lord George Sanger, the most successful circus entrepreneur of the 19th century, bought the land in 1874 as a headquarters for his circus empire and housed lions, elephants and various other exotic animals.  He was an eccentric millionaire renowned for being a smart dresser and had his base in Dreamland for about 30 years.

By 1905 the menagerie had gone and in 1919, eight years after Sanger died, the Hall by the Sea became Dreamland.
Edit : Some background from English Heritage
X-Post from /r/Margate - Discovered in the aftermath of the fire at Dreamland Fun Fair, Margate these Grade II listed menagerie cages held lions and bears. They are the oldest zoo cages in the UK

QueenElizabeth2:

There are a few others .

Kudos to the photographer, Nick Dermott, for giving me permission to use his unique photographs and also to this site where I found the photos and who continue to work it for the regeneration of Dreamland.

Although the structures have been on the site for about a century they had become overgrown and hidden beneath trees and shrubs. Lord George Sanger, the most successful circus entrepreneur of the 19th century, bought the land in 1874 as a headquarters for his circus empire and housed lions, elephants and various other exotic animals. He was an eccentric millionaire renowned for being a smart dresser and had his base in Dreamland for about 30 years.

By 1905 the menagerie had gone and in 1919, eight years after Sanger died, the Hall by the Sea became Dreamland. Edit : Some background from English Heritage