Discover the History of the Lord Mayor’s Coach by Climbing Aboard
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After more than a decade in storage, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool’s Coach is set to make a grand appearance at the Royal Albert Dock.
On Saturday 13 May, experience the grandeur of royalty by boarding the historic Lord Mayor’s Coach. This historic mode of transportation, similar to the ones used by the Royal Family during the Coronation last weekend, will be put on display for the public to see.
The Coach will be located next to the Miller & Carter restaurant (by the red funnels) from 10am – 3pm, with people getting the opportunity to sit inside it in return for a donation to the Lord Mayor’s Charities.
The Lonsdale Coach originally belonged to the Earl of Sefton, Lord Derby, and was commissioned in 1902.
The bill of sale from Royal coach builders Hooper and Co Ltd shows that it cost 220 guineas – the equivalent of around £22,000 today – and took three months to construct.
The invoice shows Lord Derby, was invited to have an optional lever brake fitted for 8 guineas “as such an appendage is necessary in a hilly country”.
He was also given the option of rubber tyres for a more comfortable ride, similar to those being fitted by the company to His Majesty King Edward VII’s Coach.
The carriage was used for formal occasions and was kept at Croxteth Hall, which had its own stables and garages.
Since its ownership transferred to Liverpool City Council, it has been used at occasional civic events such as the Lord Mayor’s Parade, but has more recently been kept in storage.