CollectionGeorge IV's Bills
Record TypeFinancial records
TitleGeorge IV's Privy Purse Accounts relating to carriages, harnesses, parks, farms, gardens, the menagerie at Sandpit Gate, bell-ringing and gun-firing, horses and racing
Date1783 - 1836
DescriptionIn 1820s the King’s Menagerie was established near Sandpit Gate in Windsor Great Park. In 1824 animals and birds began to arrive and were housed in sheds and enclosures that immediately adjoined the lodge at Sandpit Gate, these included a leopard, an elk, zebra, a kangaroo, an ostrich and a camel leopard [giraffe]. It seems that the majority of the new additions to this menagerie were either bought on impulse or as a result of gifts from friends and potentates. Bills concerning the purchase, cost of transportation etc. of these animals and birds can be found in the first subseries.

This series of bills has been catalogued in two sub-series as follows:
1] Carriages, Harnesses, Parks, Farms, Garden, the Menagerie at Sandpit Gate, Bell ringing and Gun firing
2] Horses and Racing
Extent439 documents (2 boxes)
Physical DescriptionLoose manuscript papers
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