This is one of the earliest forms of public transport. It originated
several hundred years ago as a chair which could be carried on poles by two
or more men. Our example was originally carried by two men. The lack of
proper roads or pavements, together with the general dirt and unhealthy
conditions in towns and cities would have encouraged the use of sedan
chairs as a form of taxi for short journeys.
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|Acquired by the Museum:||1996 (on loan)|
|Current State:||As acquired|
This Sedan Chair came from
Bury St. Edmunds where an old lady was still transported in it to church
during the early part of this century. Apparently she eventually was
unable to pay the two footmen, and so the chair was modified by adding
wheels at the rear, enabling one man to drag his load to church every Sunday!
This exhibit is on loan from Ipswich Borough Museums.