Tigers, Hangings & History

The Death of Joseph Kiddle

In the eighteenth century, The Steam Crane was known as The Bull, around 1900 it was changed to The Star. In 1827, when it was The Bull, Mr Martin, the publican, visited Bristol harbour and purchased a live tiger.

The tiger was placed inside a cage within the outbuilding on the left as you look outside the back of The Steam Crane. This attracted a number of additional visitors to the pub.

To attract even more people to the pub Mr Martin paid a man, Joseph Kiddle, to get inside the cage with the tiger. Even without the benefit of hindsight, the result seems inevitable and Mr Kiddle was killed by the tiger.

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