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 Dates & Venues, 1904 

The following is a reasonably full and comprehensive list of the 1904 English, Welsh and Scottish engagements of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West & Congress of Rough Riders of the World.

A few however, all annotated, are known only by word of mouth or other oblique references. Any contributions in the form of clarifications or corrections will be gratefully received!

Monday, 25th April 1904 Stoke-on-Trent, ENG County Cricket Grounds
Tuesday, 26th April Nuneaton, ENG Arbury Road, near “Cock and Bear”
Wednesday, 27th April Walsall, ENG Darlaston Road, Pleck
Thursday, 28th April Stourbridge, ENG Bridgnorth Road, Wollaston
Friday, 29th April Wellington, ENG Holyhead Road, near Haygate Road
Saturday, 30th April Crewe, ENG Bedford St., Nantwich Road
Monday, 2nd May Llandudno, WALES Commissioners Field, Conway Road
Tuesday, 3rd May Holyhead, WALES Porthdafarch Road
Wednesday, 4th May Carnarvon, WALES Bethel Road
Thursday, 5th May Portmadoc, WALES Mr Henry Roberts’s Field1
Friday, 6th May Dolgelley, WALES On Dolgelley Green
Saturday, 7th May Aberystwyth, WALES Vicarage Field2
Monday, 9th May Chester, ENG The Roodee
Tuesday, 10th May Wrexham, WALES Racecourse
Wednesday, 11th May Oswestry, ENG Gobowen Road
Thursday, 12th May Builth Wells, WALES The Groe3
Friday, 13th May Carmarthen, WALES Mr Ben Jones’s Field, Golden Lion,
Lammas Street, near Rhydygorse,
Saturday, 14th May Pembroke Dock, WALES Bierspool Farm5
Monday, 16th May Llanelly, WALES Stradey Park, Recreation Grounds
Tuesday, 17th May Neath, WALES Neath Football Ground
Wednesday, 18th May Bridgend, WALES Star Field, Coity Road
Thursday, 19th May Barry Dock, WALES Whitchill Grounds, Cadoxton
Friday, 20th May &
Saturday, 21st
Cardiff, WALES Sophia Gardens Field
Monday, 23rd May Stroud, ENG Downfield
Tuesday, 24th May Trowbridge, ENG Old Cricket Field, Hilperton Road
Wednesday, 25th May Wells, Somerset, ENG Camp Field, Silver Road
Thursday, 26th May Bridgewater, ENG The Show Field, Durleigh Road
Friday, 27th May Exmouth, ENG The Yeomanry Field, Exeter Road
Saturday, 28th May Torquay, ENG Old Woods Brickfields, Newton Road
Monday, 30th May Penzance, Cornwall, ENG The Recreation Grounds
Tuesday, 31st May Camborne, Cornwall, ENG Hayle Road
Wednesday, 1st June Truro, Cornwall, ENG St Paul’s United Football Ground
Thursday, 2nd June Bodmin, Cornwall, ENG Fair Park
Friday, 3rd June Plymouth, ENG Exhibition Fields
Saturday, 4th June Taunton, ENG The Poor Grounds East Reach
Monday, 6th June Dorchester, ENG Lock’s Field, Weymouth Road6
Tuesday, 7th June Poole, ENG Ladies’ Walking Field
Wednesday, 8th June Southampton, ENG The West Marlands
Thursday, 9th June Winchester, ENG Fair Field, Far End
Friday, 10th June Newbury, ENG Williams’ Meadow, Craven Street
Saturday, 11th June High Wycombe, ENG Wright’s Meadow, Wycombe Marsh
Monday, 13th June Windsor, ENG Duley’s Meadow, Clewer Road
Tuesday, 14th June Aldershot, ENG Ash Road, near Red Lion
Wednesday, 15th June Horsham, ENG Jew’s Meadow
Thursday, 16th June Lewes, Sussex, ENG Ham Field
Friday, 17th June Redhill, Surrey, ENG The Sports Ground
Saturday, 18th June Wimbledon, ENG Merton Road, Byegrove Road
Monday, 20th June Chelmsford, ENG Goldlay Meadows7
Tuesday, 21st June Ilford, ENG Kingsfield Estate, Ilford Lane
Wednesday, 22nd June St. Albans, ENG St Stephen’s Hill
Thursday, 23rd June Hitchin, ENG Butts Close
Friday, 24th June Cambridge, ENG Dennis Jones’s Field, Huntingdon Road
Saturday, 25th June Ilkeston, ENG Mortwell Field (adjoining Rutland Cottage)
Monday, 27th June Mansfield, ENG Westfield Lane
Tuesday, 28th June Rotherham, ENG The Ickles, Sheffield Road
Wednesday, 29th June Gainsborough, ENG Highfield Farm
Thursday, 30th June Grimsby, ENG Old Artillery Field, Clee Road
Friday, 1st July &
Saturday, 2nd
Hull, ENG Fair Ground (Walton Street)
Monday, 4th July York, ENG Knavesmire
Tuesday, 5th July Scarborough, ENG Burniston Road showground
Wednesday, 6th July Darlington, ENG Collinson’s field, Houghton Road, just over the Railway Bridge
Thursday, 7th July Stockton-on-Tees, ENG The Long Field, Durham Road, Norton End
Friday, 8th July Middlesbrough, ENG Field on Parliament Road
Saturday, 9th July West Hartlepool, ENG The Race Course, Stranton Grange
Monday, 11th July -
Saturday, 16th
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, ENG Town Moor Recreation Grounds
Monday, 18th July &
Tuesday, 19th
Sunderland, ENG Charlton’s Field, Hylton Rd
Wednesday, 20th July Durham, ENG Factory Field Adjoining the Sands
Thursday, 21st July South Shields, ENG Field in Harton Road
Friday, 22nd July Hexham, ENG Shaw’s Farm
Saturday, 23rd July North Shields, ENG Linskill Terrace
Monday, 25th July Berwick-upon-Tweed, ENG Bell Loan Road, Etal Road, near Traveller’s Rest
Tuesday, 26th July Hawick, SCO Whitlaw Haugh, Slitrig Road
Wednesday, 27th July Galashiels, SCO Victoria Park
Thursday, 28th July Motherwell, SCO Field Adjoining Power House, Tram Line
Friday, 29th July Coatbridge, SCO West End Park
Saturday, 30th July Dumbarton, SCO Meadow Park
Monday, 1st August -
Saturday, 6th
Glasgow, SCO Drill Ground, Cathcart Road
Monday, 8th August -
Saturday, 13th
Edinburgh, SCO Gorgie Road, near Gorgie Station
Monday, 15th August Falkirk, SCO Randyford Farm, Grangemouth Road
Tuesday, 16th August Dunfermline, SCO Race Park
Wednesday, 17th August Kirkcaldy, SCO Ritchie’s Field, near Fife Pottery
Thursday, 18th August -
Saturday, 20th
Dundee, SCO The Esplanade Extension
Monday, 22nd August Arbroath, SCO Culloden Farm, Auchmithie Road
Tuesday, 23rd August Forfar, SCO Market Muir
Wednesday, 24th August Montrose, SCO Burgess Park
Thursday, 25th August -
Saturday, 27th
Aberdeen, SCO Central Park
Monday, 29th August Peterhead, SCO Roanheads Park
Tuesday, 30th August Fraserburgh, SCO The Links
Wednesday, 31st August Huntly, SCO Market Muir
Thursday, 1st September Elgin, SCO Rear of Public Park
Friday, 2nd September -
Saturday, 3rd
Inverness, SCO Dalneigh Farm, Bruce Gardens, Cemetery Road
Monday, 5th September Perth, SCO South Inch
Tuesday, 6th September Stirling, SCO King’s Field, Raploch Farm
Wednesday, 7th September Paisley, SCO The Show Ground, Greenock Road
Thursday, 8th September Greenock, SCO Battery Park
Friday, 9th September Saltcoats, SCO Public Park
Saturday, 10th September Kilmarnock, SCO Beansburn, Glasgow Road
Monday, 12th September Ayr, SCO Newton Public Park
Tuesday, 13th September Stranraer, SCO Agricultural Show Field, London Road
Wednesday, 14th September Dumfries, SCO Cresswell Park
Thursday, 15th September Carlisle, ENG Near Sauceries
Friday, 16th September Penrith, ENG Foundry Field, Town End Road
Saturday, 17th September Maryport, ENG Old Recreation Ground, Camp Road
Monday, 19th September Workington, ENG Mill Field
Tuesday, 20th September Whitehaven, ENG Harras Field
Wednesday, 21st September Barrow-in-Furness, ENG Hippodrome
Thursday, 22nd September Kendal, ENG Soldiers Field, Spital Level
Friday, 23rd September Lancaster, ENG Giant Axe Field, the City
Saturday, 24th September Blackpool, ENG The Portland Trotting Track
Monday, 26th September Preston, ENG The Holme
Tuesday, 27th September Blackburn, ENG Simms’ Field, Accrington Road
Wednesday, 28th September Chorley, ENG Field on Well Bank Lane
Thursday, 29th September Wigan, ENG Springfield Park
Friday, 30th September Southport, ENG Scarisbrick New Road, corner Ash Lane
Saturday, 1st October St Helens, ENG Cowley Vale, off Wolseley Road
Monday, 3rd October Leigh, ENG Buck’s Farm, a large field on the left just through the Railway Arch on St Helens Road
Tuesday, 4th October Bolton, ENG Horse Show and School Fields
Wednesday, 5th October Bury, ENG Gigg Lane, opposite Cemetery Gates
Thursday, 6th October Rochdale, ENG Field adjoining the Athletic Ground, Miln Row Road
Friday, 7th October Oldham, ENG Vacant Ground on both sides of Cranbrook Street, Lees Road
Saturday, 8th October Burnley, ENG The Fulledge Recreation Ground
Monday, 10th October Skipton, ENG Cow Pasture Parlour
Tuesday, 11th October Harrogate, ENG Goodrick’s Fields, Otley Road
Wednesday, 12th October Castleford, ENG Lock Lane
Thursday, 13th October Barnsley, ENG Queen’s Grounds
Friday, 14th October Huddersfield, ENG Longley Park
Saturday, 15th October Ashton-under-Lyne, ENG The Volunteer Drill Field
Monday, 17th October Glossop, ENG Pyegrove, Sheffield Road
Tuesday, 18th October Stockport, ENG Two fields, Green Lane, Dewsbury Road
Wednesday, 19th October Northwich, ENG Field in front of Leftwich Hall Farm
Thursday, 20th October Macclesfield, ENG Fields off New Hall Street, Beach Lane, known as Circus Fields
Friday, 21st October Hanley, ENG Agricultural Show Ground, Birches Head Lane

1 No advert has been located but the Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald and North and South Wales Independent, 6th May 1904, places the show ‘on the field outside the town, belonging to Mr Henry Roberts, auctioneer’.

2 The Aberystwyth Observer and Merionshire News, 12th May 1904, records that ‘The tents covered the whole of the Vicarage field.’

3 ‘The Groe’, according to the Radnor Express, 19th May 1904; ‘The whole of the Gro, from the Boating pavilion to Strand street’, Brecon County Times, 20th May 1904

4 The venue advertised in the Carmarthen Weekly Reporter, 29th April and 6th May 1904, was Morgan’s Arms Field, Water Street. See however the Carmarthen Weekly Reporter, 13th May 1904:

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.


Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, which will be at Carmarthen to-day (Friday), will be located in the field belonging to Mr Ben Jones, Golden Lion, Lammas-street, situated near Rhydygorse, Johnstown, and not at the Morgan Arms Field, as previously announced.

See also the Carmarthen Journal and South Wales Weekly Advertiser of the same date:

Buffalo Bill at Carmarthen.

The attention of our readers is drawn to the fact that Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show will be held to-day (Friday), at Rhydygorse Field, opposite Ystrad Johnstown, and not in the Morgan Arm’s (sic) Field, as has gained currency.

The Western Mail, 14th May 1904, writing after the event, placed the show ‘on a ten-acre field opposite the Ystrad Grounds’.

5 Mrs Stuart Peters, in The History of Pembroke Dock, (London: Elliot Stock, 1905), at p. 138, identified the site as ‘a large field nearly opposite Bierspool Farm’. The site, on London Road, is now the home of Pembroke Dock Harlequins Rugby Football Club.

6 The Southern Times and Dorset County Herald, 11th June 1904, provides a more detailed description:

The show was held in Mr. Marvin Lock’s spacious field below the Recreation Ground.

7 The Barking, East Ham and Ilford Advertiser, 25th June 1904, offers the clarification that Mrs Harrison Gray was the owner of the ground and Mr C. J. Fewell, the tenant.

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in Great Britain