Gunnersbury Museum and Park Development Trust Press Release

The Leche Trust has given a grant of £2,500 to support the conservation of the Rothschild Town Chariot


The Chariot has been the star attraction for visitors since the opening of the Gunnersbury Museum and will be the centrepiece of the new custom built Carriage Display Building set to open in Gunnersbury Park in the autumn.

The Carriage built by Stamper and Sons of Wandsworth circa 1830/1840, was left in the stables after the estate’s sale and would have been used by the Rothschild family for ceremonial, business and important social events.

Painted in the family colours and featuring the Rothschild coat of arms, the chariot would seat two passengers in its blue silk and lace interior.

Other items that will go on show alongside the Town Chariot are a Pony Phaeton, a Hansom Cab, a Werner Motorized Bicycle and a Penny Farthing.

Howard Simmons, Chairman of the Gunnersbury Museum and Park Development Trust said, “The Town Chariot is of great importance not only for its historic value and aesthetic beauty but also its physical connection to Gunnersbury’s past. Thanks to the Leche Trust we are able to conserve it for future generations.”


The conservation of the Town Chariot and the Carriage Display Building is part of an ambitious multi-million pound transformation project, undertaken by a partnership of the Gunnersbury Museum and Park Development Trust, Ealing and Hounslow Councils and the Heritage Lottery Fund, supported by a number of other charitable Trusts and Foundations.

The project will restore the early Park and bring the Museum’s historic collections to new audiences through new displays, exhibitions, activities and events.

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