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Brougham carriage

The Brougham (pronounced ‘broom’) carriage was originally designed by Lord Henry Brougham in 1838. At the time, it marked a major change in horse-drawn transport. The ‘sporty hatchback’ of its day, the Brougham was light, compact and could be drawn by a single horse. The cosy, enclosed carriage had space for two passengers, with a third next to the driver. It had a glazed window at the front so that the passengers could see where they were going.

Brougham carriage, 1839

Cheaper than the previous bulky coaches, and ideal for ‘nipping’ around busy streets, the Brougham became an instant success with wealthy families. It is likely that the Fowlers and the Ropners of Preston Hall would have owned at least one of these. The Brougham went on to influence the design of carriages across the world, as well as the first cars.

Image courtesy of Preston Hall Museum and Grounds

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