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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Travelling Chariot
Travelling Chariot
Acquired by the Museum:1996 (on loan)
Current State:Fully restored
The chariot was the long distance transport for the wealthy, used for travelling from one stately home to another. This example is around two hundred years old and features 'C' springs carrying leather straps by which the body is suspended. This allows for the body to move in any direction independently of the road wheels which could bounce over ruts and stones. The carriage was pulled by a team of horses, driven postillion fashion by a rider on one of them. A footman would ride at the rear of the carriage.

This exhibit is on loan from Ipswich Borough Museums.