Pat’s Links

Links of interest when looking for information on Pat Collins.  This will be a growing resource.


National Fairground Archive – at the University of Sheffield.

Books & Authors

Ned Williams – author of the definitive history of Pat Collins

Pat Collins:  King of Showmen – by Ned Williams, 1991.

Enthusiast Sites

All the Fun of the Fair – Funfair and circus enthusiast’s forum.

Fairground Association of Great Britain

The Fairground Society

Circus Friends Association of Great Britain

Encyclopedia Sites

General Links

Funfair Links from All the Fun of the Fair

World’s Fair newspaper

Historical Articles

Bioscope Presenters – Pat Collins  –  National Fairground Archive

The Story of Wolverhampton’s Fairgrounds by Ned Williams

Official Sites – Pat Collins Modern Funfairs

Fun of the Fair co UK – Run by Pat Collins supporter Rob Saxon, this site is also an official point of contact for the modern-day Pat Collins funfair run by Councillor Anthony Harris and his family.

Pat Collins Funfairs Ltd Facebook – also run by Rob Saxon for Anthony Harris and family.

Professional Associations

The Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain

Society of Independent Roundabout Proprietors

Record Offices

Walsall Worthies – Pat Collins  –  Walsall Local History Centre

Archives Hub – Miscellaneous fairground and circus history links

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Walsall Council

The Mayor of Walsall – including history of the office

News & heritage for Bloxwich, Walsall & Willenhall. Formerly The Bloxidge Tallygraph. Est. 2006, inspired by a Victorian news-sheet. Edditid by a Bloxidge Mon.

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