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.
|Acquired by the Museum:||1996 (on loan)|
|Current State:||Fully restored|
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.