Restoring the Brougham carriage at Florence Court
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The Brougham carriage at Florence Court has been carefully restored and is currently on display in the Florence Court coach house.
Over the years the carriage suffered the rigours of a poor environment and general ageing. Now thanks to funding from the Esme Mitchell Trust, we've been able to restore this carriage to its former glory.
Brougham carriages were the main mode of transport throughout the 19th century. Light and compact, the carriage was a refined and glorified street cab, which only needed one horse and coachman. They were low to the ground, could carry two passengers and became a very popular everyday carriage of the wealthy and the aristocracy.
The Florence Court Brougham is a square fronted double Brougham, by Holland and Holland of London, with black buttoned leather interior and green upholstery. It was used to take the Cole family to church, and to carry out other business in thriving Enniskillen in the 1840s.
Over the past year visitors to Florence Court have been able to watch carriage conservator, Dianne Britton, apply various conservation techniques to the carriage. This included consolidating the paint work, treatments to the leather interior, restoring the body frame, wheels and various other components.
Call into Florence Court, the warm and welcoming 18th century former home of the Earls of Enniskillen to see the Brougham carriage for yourself.
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