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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Invalid Carriage

Invalid carriage were used by the infirm or the elderly for taking short trips around a park or esta…

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Butcher's Cart

A local trade vehicle used by H. Betts of 15 Earl Street Maidstone.  The Betts family were…

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Sleigh

This sleigh is thought to have come from Central Europe and is a particularly ornate specimen of car…

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Sleigh

A very aesthetically pleasing and beautifully built child’s Sleigh of the rococo style. It possibly…

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Sleigh

The use of Sleighs did not really catch on in England due to the country not having prolonged period…

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Sleigh

Sleighs of this type were an object of fun and jollity and not really designed for travelling distan…

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Jaunting Car

This Jaunting Car belonged to HRH Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyle. It was built by Irelands forem…

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Landaulet

This is very good, complete example of quite a rare carriage made by one of the leading coach builde…

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Panel Boot Victoria

A superb Victoria built by one of the top London coachbuilders Barker and Co. It doesn’t get much be…

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Rickshaw

There are a number of carriages in the Maidstone collection that belong to the Royal Collection and…

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Pony Phaeton

Pony Phaetons were driven by ladies around parks and estates. They are lightweight elegant little ca…

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Pony Phaeton

Pony Phaetons were driven by ladies around parks and estates. They are lightweight elegant little ca…

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Pony Phaeton

This Pony Phaeton was built for Queen Victoria, she used it in the later years of her life in the ga…

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Sleigh

One of the most elaborate Sleighs in the Tyrwhitt-Drake collection this example has a seat carved in…

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Sediola

The Sediola is an Italian gig used by wealthy gentlemen in cities but also used to travel across the…

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Droitzschka

The Droitzschka comes in various forms usually with the main defining feature being a bench seat run…