The Governess Cart

Here’s a view you don’t normally get to see.

 

Standing in the carriage house looking out to the courtyard

Standing in the carriage house looking out to the courtyard

Last week our House Elves opened the carriage house doors in preparation for a very special delivery. These doors are normally kept closed in order to help conserve our carriages which would be covered in dust, dirt and grit with them open. Whilst they were open we took the chance to take a few photos in the beautiful sunshine!

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But what was this special delivery I hear you cry…

It was a ‘new’ cart for our collection!

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A local family kindly donated this Governess cart to us! Several years ago they drove it around the grounds and it will now make a wonderful addition to our visitor offer. It is surprisingly maneuverable as it is designed to be a light cart that could be pulled by a gentle natured pony and handled by the Governess on her own. There are four seats enabling the Governess to take her child charges with her in the cart.

These photographs show it being moved into it’s new home.

Julie (House & Visitor Services Manager) and Paul (Acting Park and Garden Manager) had the important job of moving it into position!

Julie (House & Visitor Services Manager) and Paul (Acting Park and Garden Manager) had the important job of moving it into position!

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Thanks to Jana for taking these photos

 

Over the summer we will be working on installing this cart in the outbuildings courtyard so that you climb inside and imagine yourself riding around the Warwickshire countryside. At the moment we are storing it temporarily, but we will be keeping you up to date with progress.

 

Find out more about our house and collections on the webpages. We’ve quite a lot to see and do if you wanted to visit!

 

 

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