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HA104432 – Goat Cart

Published by: Andrew Bradstreet
Madeira Road "Our Morning Ride" two young children sit in a goat cart

Part of the One Minute Wonders trail, a story written by one of our volunteers, inspired by objects on display.

By Andrew Bradstreet

You might have realised already that this was made cart for a child – although Regency gentlemen had to be reminded of this! Few remain now.

What animal do you think actually pulled the cart? Large dog? Small pony? Something else perhaps?

Goat carts were a popular attraction in Brighton when they were introduced in the 1830s, but they were expensive – costing a shilling per hour, a labourer’s day wage!

The goats were perfect for carrying children up and down the front, but they were also used for delivering supplies such as milk, vegetables and barrels of water.

Sadly, the goats were often abused. Conditions improved somewhat when the goats were licensed. The last known license was issued in 1953.

Madeira Road "Our Morning Ride" two young children sit in a goat cart