Museum Of London Looking For Info On Historic Coach Document

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Museum Of London Looking For Info On Historic Coach Document

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My other car's a Ford Escort.

Eyes right. That's the grand state coach of the Lord Mayor, that is. Every year, the freshly enrobed successor of Dick Whittington gets to parade around town in it during the Lord Mayor's Show. For the rest of the year, the coach resides at the Museum of London where it will soon be on 24-hour display in a permanently visible glass-fronted gallery. Now, the museum have asked for help in solving a mystery surrounding the vehicle's origins.

The gilded carriage was commissioned in 1757 and built by Sir Robert Taylor at a cost of £850. But the original 'article of agreement' is missing, last seen in the 1950s when a copy was made. A note with that copy suggests the original was in possession of a Mr PK Glover of Farnham in Buckinghamshire, but there the trail goes cold. The museum are looking for any information about Mr Glover or the current whereabouts of the document, with the hope of eventually displaying it alongside the coach.

Anyone with information should contact Beatrice Behlen on 020 7814 5753 or bbehlen@museumoflondon.org.uk.

Last Updated 11 June 2009