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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Merryweather Manual Fire Escape
Merryweather Manual Fire Escape
Date:1870
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Acquired by the Museum:1970
Current State:As acquired
Constructed about 1870, this wheeled escape ladder has a somewhat unknown history and was discovered being used to repaint lamp posts in Felixstowe in the late 1960s. It is believed that it originally carried a leather escape chute, which would extend from the top of the ladder to the ground enabling a rapid evacuation of burning buildings by sliding down this chute.

This vehicle was donated to the collection by Felixstowe U.D.C. in 1970.