Single Private Omnibus


Omnibus with Driver and Groom at Ingestre Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

The Private Omnibus came into use in the late 1860s.  It was a very versatile carriage, and was often seen as indispensable on large country estates. 

It was used for carrying passengers to and from railway stations, and for any social driving when a large number of passengers needed to be carried.

This Private Omnibus for a single horse belonged to the 21st Earl of Shrewsbury of nearby Ingestre Hall.  It was built by Holmes of Derby and London in the late 19th century, although the wagonette body may be a later addition.

The upholstery and much of the paintwork appears to have been replaced during the 1950s or 1960s.

Accession Number: 64.064.0003