Turner, John N.

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Title: 1st Baronet of Canons Ashby 1795

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John Turner is best known as the author of the Dictionaries of British circus Biographies which is an invaluable source for researchers of Victorian and twentieth century circus performers. He also created a database which enables quick searches of performers and provides citations of primary sources that were used in his research.

John Turner was born in Hull and graduated from the University of Leeds with a Ph.D1959 He worked as an academic biochemist, in California, London, and finally as a Reader in Biochemistry at the University of Liverpool from 1963 until 1989

After his retirement, John Turner became interested in the history of circus. This stemmed from his discovery that Hengler's Grand Cirque had once flourished in Hull, Liverpool and other provincial towns as well as in the Metropolis. Initially he collected information on the many performers and showmen of the Victorian period later continuing his research to include performers in the twentieth century.

His aim was to produce a definitive series of source-books on the history of British circus which could be used by others to discover more about this popular form of entertainment. He continued his research right up until his sudden death in 2007. We are privileged to be able to have his research and database at the NFA enabling others to continue to be able to access the information that he painstakingly worked to gather.

For many years, John Turner was the librarian for the Circus Fairground Association, taking over from Malcolm Airey, and helped to get the library into the National Fairground Archive at the University of Sheffield.

From the guide to the John Turner Collection, 1990-2007, (National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield Library)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Vol. CXXI (ff. 268). 23 July, 1787-31 Jan. 1799.includes:ff. 1, 31, 51, 232 Charles Jenkinson, 1st Earl of Liverpool: Correspondence with Marquis Cornwallis: 1779-1798.: Copies (except the first). ff. 1, 31, 51, 232 Charles Cornwallis, Viscount Brom... British Library
referencedIn River Restoration Projects Collection, 1987-2008 Water Resources Collections and Archives
referencedIn Vol. XCII (ff. 325). Dec. 1817.includes:ff. 3, 133, 194 Nathanael Alexander, Bishop of Meath: Correspondence with Sir R. Peel: 1813-1834.f. 6 William Galwey, of Dungarvan, county Waterford: Correspondence with Sir R. Peel: 1813-1817.f. 8 Franci... British Library
referencedIn Souvenir programs for theatrical productions, 1906-2005. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Wardell, Michael. Correspondence with Michael Wardell : 1963-1964. Case 134, File 1b. University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Harriet Irving Library
referencedIn Burd-Shippen Papers, 1708-1792 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Joseph Ishill papers, 1888-1966. Houghton Library
referencedIn Vol. LXXXVII (ff. 423). 16 Mar.-9 May, 1819.includes:f. 1 John Delaval Carpenter, 4th Earl of Tyrconnel: Letter to the 2nd Earl of. Liverpool: 1819. f. 5 William Van Mildert, Bishop of Llandaff 1819 and (1826) of Durham: Correspondence with the 2nd ... British Library
referencedIn Vol. XXXVII (ff. 338). Dec. 1790-July, 1791.includes:f. 1 Captain Velters Cornewall Berkeley, RN: Letters to the 1st Earl of Liverpool: 1787, 1790.ff. 3, 231, 259, 284 John Reeves, formerly Chief Justice of Newfoundland: Correspondence with the 1... British Library
referencedIn Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884. Papers, 1555-1882 (bulk: 1833-1881) Houghton Library
creatorOf Grant British Library
referencedIn Heterosexual popular fiction collection, 1955-1992 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn John Turner, DD; Chaplain to George I: Signet Warrant for grant of a prebend of Canterbury to: 1717.Canterbury; Christ Church Priory and Cathedral: Signet Warrants for appointments of prebendaries: 1717-1724. British Library
creatorOf John Turner Collection, 1990-2007 National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield Library.
referencedIn Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866. Jared Sparks collection of American manuscripts, 1582-1843 Houghton Library
referencedIn VOL. VIII. July, 1678-Mar. 1680.[Thomas Hickman-Windsor, 7th Lord] Windsor, f. 1. [Sir] Thomas Morgan [Bart.], ff. 21, 59, 69, 70. [William Craven, 1st Earl of] Craven, f. 43. [Edward Montagu, 2nd Lord] Montagu [of Boughton], ff. 91, 93. [Sir] H[ugh]... British Library
referencedIn (XV. ff. 398). Dec. 1799-Mar. 1800.John Ridge, Paymaster of the Cambridgeshire militia: Letters to the 3rd Lord Hardwicke: 1797-1807.Philip Yorke, 3rd Earl of Hardwicke: Correspondence rel. to the Cambridgeshire Militia: 1790-1834.includes:ff. 1, 32,... British Library
creatorOf MS Mus. 1623. Rosenthal Correspondence. Vol. xv (ff. 202). Tip -Vyv.includes:ff. 1-4, 7, 13-14. Sir Michael Kemp Tippett, OM; CH; composer: Harold David Rosenthal, writer on music: Letters and postcards to Harold David Rosenthal from Sir Michael ... British Library
referencedIn James Lewis May Papers, 1814-1963, (bulk 1926-1940) William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA
referencedIn Robert Owen Collection, 1805-1858 National Co-operative Archive
referencedIn Vol. cclxxxviii. (ff. 441). General Correspondence Jan.-14 Feb. 1766.George III of England: Correspondence of the Duke of Newcastle, Sec. of State, etc.: 1760-1768.includes:f. 1 George Cressener, diplomatist: Letters to the Duke of Newcastle: 1754-1... British Library
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associatedWith Burd, James, 1726-1793 person
correspondedWith Ishill, Joseph. person
associatedWith Kondolf, G. Mathias. person
correspondedWith May, J. Lewis (James Lewis), b. 1873 person
associatedWith Owen, Robert., 1777-1858 person
correspondedWith Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884 person
associatedWith Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866 person
associatedWith Wardell, Michael. person
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Shoreham, Sussex
Cheshire, England
Holme, Bakewell, Derbyshire
Dublin, Ireland
Dunstone, Derbyshire
Dunston, Derbyshire
Guernsey, Channel Islands
Fife, Scotland
Bo'ness, Linlithgow
Lancashire, England
Scotland, United Kingdom
Hilgay, Norfolk
Forfarshire, Scotland
Manchester, Lancashire
Freshwell Hundred, Essex
United States of America
Liverpool, Lancashire
Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary
Derbyshire, England
Wisbeach, Cambridgeshire
Brampton, Derbyshire
London, England


Birth 1929-06-07


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