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Preserving the transport heritage of Ipswich since 1965, and now supported by the Friends of the Ipswich Transport Museum. The Ipswich Transport Museum is a Registered Charity No. 276626 and an Accredited Museum, number RD890.
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Baby Carriage
Baby Carriage
Date:1830
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Acquired by the Museum:1996 (on loan)
Current State:As acquired
This early wooden baby carriage incorporates many design features from the full sized carriages of the day. The bodywork is suspended to provide a softer ride; very necessary with the iron shod wheels! The pole used for pulling the carriage is also similar to the pole used when two or four horses pulled a carriage. A baby carriage such as this would have been purpose built, either by a local carpenter, sexton or blacksmith. Only very ornate carriages would have deserved the time of a carriage builder.

This particular example was used by the thirteen children of the Rev. Ellis Walford, Rector of Dallinghoo from 1830 to 1881. The children were born over the period from 1833 to 1855.

This exhibit is on loan from Ipswich Borough Museums.