Chipperfield's Circus is a long-running English family show based on the 300-year old Chipperfield dynasty. It can be traced back to a James Chipperfield who exhibited performing animals at the Thames Frost Fair of 1684. Through the 19th century, the circus toured the whole of England, with its growing menagerie and teams of acrobats and clowns. After World War II, under the management of Jimmy Chipperfield, it became one of the biggest circuses in Europe, with a tent that could hold 6000 people. Jimmy Chipperfield then diversified into safari parks and fairground supplies.
Corgi first issued Chipperfields branded models in the 1960s with a series of models liveried for the Circus, including plastic animals with the Animal transporters and 2 larger sets. A new series was launched in the early 1990s, using contemporary Corgi Classics (mostly at 1:50) models, and a series of Corgi Cameos were also issued in Chipperfields liveries.
More recently, Oxford Diecast have issued a series of 1:76 scale Chipperfields lorries.
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