Ipswich Transport Museum
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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Double Brougham Carriage
Double Brougham Carriage
Date:Early 1800s
Acquired by the Museum:1996 (on loan)
Current State:Fully restored
Essentially the Brougham was a town runabout. It was designed to the specification of Lord Brougham (1778 - 1868) in 1838 as a "refined and glorified street cab that would make a convenient carriage for a gentleman". A Brougham cost about 150, but to this must be added horse and harness, rent (at least) of a coach house and stables, and coachman's wages. The life of a Brougham was about 15 years, with an annual service, a repaint every 3 - 4 years and new leatherwork every 6 years.

The Brougham was a favourite with doctors on call and with local cab operators. This example was built by Thorn of Norwich and features handbrake, iron tyred wheels and elliptical springs.

This exhibit is on loan from Ipswich Borough Museums.