This imposing piece of Victorian engineering is believed to have been
purchased in the 1870s for use at the workhouse at Melton. The
establishment later became the St. Audrey's mental hospital until its
|Acquired by the Museum:||1995|
|Current State:||As acquired|
The design is called a "Curricle" escape and is novel in
that the extending ladder is contained within a metal cassette. When
folded down for travel it is well balanced about the axle, making it easy
to move. When put into use, the cassette is swung down and the ladder
extended by turning the two handles, which drive roller chains.
Shand Mason were better known for building steam fire pumps, usually horse drawn.