The Mossman Carriage Collection
The Mossman collection of horse drawn vehicles was given to Luton Museum Service in 1991. It illustrates the development of horse-drawn road transportation in Britain from Roman times up until the 1930.
It illustrates the life of tradesmen and ordinary people as well as the lives of the aristocracy. It's existence is owed to the enthusiastic collecting of a local man called George Mossman who was born in Caddington, Bedfordshire, in 1906.
Shortly after the First World War George Mossman left school to start work for Panter’s butchers on Park Street, Luton, as a butcher’s delivery van driver. He delivered meat to the people of Luton and surrounding villages. This began his life long interest in horse-drawn transport.
After running several successful businesses and a working farm he acquired a leasing company providing horse drawn carriages for special events such as weddings, carnivals and public occasions. George drove his carriages in the London’s Lord Mayors Show for 25 years and even had carriages and drivers as part of the present Queen’s Coronation procession.