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The Elephant Of Tregaron

Updated on July 7, 2011

The Elephant Of Tregaron

The Elephant of Tregaron is almost as famous as Tregaron itself. Tregaron is a small town in Ceredigion, West Wales which owes its existence to the wool trade in the 13th Century. The main resting house 'The Talbot' was a popular stop for drovers as they took a rest from tending their flocks of sheep.

The elephant is said to have been one of the animals owned by Batty's Travelling Menagerie and Circus. Passing through the town in 1848 the elephant is said to have stopped at 'The Talbot' to quench its thirst. Sadly the water which it drank was badly contaminated with lead and the unfortunate animal died in the Ivy Bush stables adjoining the pub.

As it was not possible to move the Tregaron Elephant any great distance it was buried behind 'The Talbot' in what is now believed to be the pubs Beer Garden. There is no certainty as to the exact location as the Talbot previously owned over 100 acres.

Excavation

On the 9th April 2011 a team of Archaeologists from the University of Wales started a small scale excavation to see if there was any truth behind the legend. Though the time spent on the project is limited it may prove nothing at all because the exact location of the burial is unknown.

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    Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

    Granny's House - Thanks for reading. It is one of these 'local' stories which appeals to a wider audience.

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    Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

    Wow, never heard of this. Thank you for sharing the story with us

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    Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

    Hello, hello, - I will add a postscript should I hear anything of how the dig went.

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    Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

    An interesting story. Keep us updated. Please.

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    Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

    Thanks Lidian. Yes the Jumbo story was sad.

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    Lidian 6 years ago

    What a fascinating story - I love Victorian history (and sometimes write about American 19th c circus/magic/vaudeville topics) but had never heard of this. Rather like poor Jumbo getting killed in St. Thomas, Ontario (though the culprit there was a train not poisoned water).