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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Shand Mason Fire Escape
Shand Mason Fire Escape
Date:1870s
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Acquired by the Museum:1995
Current State:As acquired
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 closure.

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.