Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages

Located on Mill Street in the centre of Maidstone, the Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages offers an insight into the fascinating history of transport and is home to a unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles and transport curiosities. More than 60 vehicles are on display, ranging from grand carriages such as Queen Victoria’s State Landau, to antique sedan chairs and Victorian ‘growlers’.

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Bier

A hand drawn or horse-drawn bier would have been the standard mode of transport for a deceased villa…

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Children's Carriage

A charming Children’s Carriage believed to be of Dutch origin. It is of a fairly simple construction…

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Carriole

This Carriole is beautifully built by a Scottish coachbuilders as a presentation gift to H M Queen A…

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Canoe Landau

This is a super example of a Canoe Landau by a coachbuilder who was very good at building this type…

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Curricle

Curricles were particularly popular in the late 18th and early 19th century and this example was bui…

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Dog Cart

A smart and functional Dog Cart for a single or pair of full sized horses. Made by Fulker of Salisbu…

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Governess Car

Governess Cars are fairly commonplace, but those built to such a high standard as this are few and f…

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Five Glass Landau

The Five Glass Landau is an unusual carriage which instead of having two leather heads in the classi…

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Lonsdale Wagonette

This carriage was owned by Tyrwhitt-Drake and is thought to have originally belonged to Lord Lonsdal…

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Town Chariot

Built for the Marquess of Lansdowne, this Chariot carries its owners coats of arms on the side panel…

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Sedan Chair

A Westminster arch-roof sedan chair which dates from around 1760 with highly polished and japanned b…

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State Landau

Built by Hooper and Co this is recorded as being Queen Victoria’s 5th State Landau. It is a superb e…

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Sedan Chair

A Westminster arch-roof sedan chair dating from around 1760 with highly polished and japanned black…

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Sedan Chair

Being of a large size this Sedan Chair would have required more than two chairmen to carry it. It wa…

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State Chariot

This is undoubtedly one of the most important carriages in the Tyrwhitt-Drake Carriage Museum and is…

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Siamese Phaeton

This super little phaeton was used by Queen Victoria’s grandchildren. There is a surviving photograp…