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Britain’s Only Surviving Sedan Chairmen’s Houses

Queen’s Parade Place is quite unassuming, particularly after the grandeur of nearby Queen’s Square. It is after all the rear elevations of houses on the adjacent streets. But take a few minutes to walk down the street and see pair of buildings on either side of an entrance to a car park. Given their positioning, at first they look like a pair of gatehouses. They are, however, sedan chair houses. And they are the only surviving examples of their kind in Britain.

Sedan Chair Waitinghouse
The last remaining sedan chair waiting houses in Britain.
An example of a plain, leather sedan chair can be seen at No 1 Royal Crescent. This is the first house in the Royal crescent, and its first occupant was Henry Sandford, an Irish landowner and politician between 1776 and 1796. Today the property is owned by the Bath Preservation Trust, a registered charity that manages three museums in Bath. The house at No 1 Royal Crescent is now a museum that has been furnished and decorated just as it was at the time Sandford was living there, both upstairs and downstairs.
Sedan Chair Royal Crescent Bath
Different views of the same sedan chair on display in the house museum of No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath.

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Thomas Dowson

With a professional background in archaeology and a passion for travel, I founded Archaeology Travel to help more people explore our world’s fascinating pasts. Born in Zambia, I trained as an archaeologist at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and taught archaeology at the universities of Southampton and Manchester (England). Read More

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