During the nineteenth century, decorative sleighs were often kept by wealthy landowners to entertain younger members of the family. Lady Chesterfield’s sleigh originally belonged to the prestigious Nunburnholme family and was used on their country estate near Pocklington, East Yorkshire, during the winter seasons. It was pulled by one horse and carried a single passenger with the driver positioned on the small rear seat.
Lady Chesterfield’s sleigh is one of the most enchanting vehicles on display in the Carriage Gallery at The Streetlife Museum. This unique artefact from Hull City Council’s collection is believed to be of Russian origin, dating back to 1810. The front of the passenger’s carriage is painted silver and gold and is shaped like a mythical unicorn. The feet of the sleigh extend to form two red, blue and gold spirals which meet at the front of the vehicle beneath the neck of a golden swan. At the back of the carriage the face of a man is carved under the driver’s seat.
On Saturday 25 Nov, from 10am to 4pm, Hull Museums Quarter hosts The Magic of Christmas, a festive wonderland with exciting seasonal activities taking place at the Museums and along Hull’s High Street.