4th August 1873 - Blondin appears before 20,000 at Wilton Foresters' Fete

Blondin_Crossing_the_Niagara.jpg On the 4th of August 1873 between 20,000 and 25,000 people came to Wilton Foresters’ Fete to see the great tightrope walker Blondin walk a 60ft high tightrope.

Admission was 1 shilling.

Blondin cooked eggs and bacon on a little stove half-way across the rope.

Blondin was probably most famous for tightrope-walking across the Niagara. He called his house in London ‘Niagara’ in reference to the feat.

Image credit

Wikimedia says ‘See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons’ - although there’s not a great deal of information there.