~ Heritage ~
Step back in time, visit and discover the yester years!
From Heavy Horses to Heavy Haulage
Explore our collection of vintage vehicles and discover the power of the working horse and the changes which took place!
• 1929 Chain Driven Scammell – We are very excited to now home such a rare vehicle being one of the last tankers from its age left in the world!
• ‘Sir Winston’ 1951 Scammell Explorer built by Scammell of Watford. Originally began its life in the military as a heavy recovery vehicle fitted with 15-ton winch and 4-ton crane. The extra power and speed combined with six-wheel drive resulted in one of the most capable cross country vehicles ever made. Originally it was fitted with a 10.3ltr Meadows petrol engine however when its military days came to an end it was replaced with a slightly more economical Leyland 680 power plus diesel engine which still remains.
• ‘Sir Ted’ 1967 Scammell Highwayman powered by a 180 Gardener engine. Sir Ted was originally built for Esso fuel company, after many loyal years of service the vehicle was sold on to S.Harrisons & Sons hauling good old British Steel.
• 1936 Brayshaw Living Wagon- During the winter this Showman’s has undergone restoration. The Living wagon had an extension put on during recent years this was taken off in order for the wagon to resemble its original form. A second door has been put in as it would have originally had, full timber kitchen constructed, window frames, belly boxes and full paint work exterior and interior.
• 1927 Showman’s Living Wagon – Built by Savages of King-Lyn famous for building fairground gallopers and up market living wagons. These were once horse powered! It was no surprise that they were known as ‘horse killers’ weighing over 8 ton.
• We home two newly constructed Shepherds huts
• A Collection of Romany Vardo’s including Bow tops, Open lot and carts.
~Learn all about the Romany culture, horses, and wagons during our daily 1pm talk~
Visit Exhibits from days gone by…
• Visit the ‘Blacksmiths Workshop’ & ‘Harness Makers’ and discover pillars of the community
• NEW ‘Static Canal Display’, an insight to the Horses that worked on water
• Farmers implements
• Vintage tractors
• Grains Hill Colliery – Home to our pit ponies