1904 Dog Cart

The Collection’s exhibit

Introduced during the 1800’s these vehicles were primarily used to carry shooting parties and their dogs. The four wheeled Dog Cart could be harnessed to a single horse in shafts or a pair of horses in pole gear. It has a forward facing driving seat that accommodates two, and two rearward facing seats, with the passengers sitting back to back or dos-a-dos. The feet of the rear facing passengers were supported by an angled foot board with chains to let it down. Dogs were kept in the under-boot, often fitted with ventilation louvres.

These vehicles were used in all purpose mode when a coachman driven carriage wasn’t required. It is a quintessentially English vehicle!

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