Carriage and Costume Museum
Captain Robert Lowry the father of our current Estate owner Nicholas, inherited the Estate from Peter Montgomery. Over his many years living on the Estate, Captain Robert Lowry’s hobby of collecting vintage style horse drawn Carriages, coaches, buggies and a wide variety of other vintage transport has grown into our very own Costume and Carriage museum. This unique collection is always a fascination amongst our guests who are always thrilled to hear the stories attached to these interesting antiques.
Blessingbourne’s fascinating costume and carriage museum gives visitors an insight into the rich history of the estate. It is home to a unique collection of original carriages and coaches, buggies, penny farthings, a genuine Romany caravan, old horse drawn farm machinery, and even a UN helicopter transport.
Among the numerous coaches on display is an 1825 London – Oxford stagecoach, once owned by Bertram W Mills, the famous circus owner. After serving as a Captain in World War 1, Bertram W Mills became interested in the “Wilkins and Young Circus”. He made a wager with a friend that he could form a circus company and within a year be as good as they were. He did just that and thus the “Bertram Mills International Circus” was formed. With Guests as prestigious as the Royal Family, who were great supporters and attended every year and Winston Churchilll was also an annual guest of the famous circus! Bertram W Mills’ Oxford Stagecoach is now a very unique part of Blessingbourne’s private collection.
This collection is complimented by various family military items and Victorian costumes and heirlooms.
Get a glimpse into the lives of those who lived and worked on the estate through browsing the collection of anecdotes, household ephemera and details of real people’s lives down through the ages.