In 1841 the third Lord Braybrooke and his
wife lived at Audley End House with his eight children and their servants including their
governess Miss Dormer. This governess cart was used by Miss Dormer to ride around the
grounds while keeping a careful eye on the children. Now in 1881 there are no young charges
to watch over and Lady Braybrooke’s personal maid Miss Emily Justice can take full advantage
of this small, light cart to run errands. Good afternoon, I’ve off to Walden to buy
some silk for Lady Braybrooke’s new hat. Thank you Edgar. I like to find any excuse
to drive out in this cart which is pulled along by Milo here.
He pulls from the chest plate, through these long leather straps, and the tugs here keep
the cart nice and balanced. He also wears blinkers to keep his attention on the road
ahead. You can always tell if someone knows how to
drive by the way they hold their reigns. Accomplished drivers like myself hold their reigns in one
hand. They then use the other hand to steer or signal to other carriages. To get him to
walk on you simply give the horse a vocal cue. Milo walk on!
To steer you use your right hand. To turn left you pull up on the left reign, and to
turn right you pull down on the right. To stop you also give a vocal cue and pull back
evenly on both reigns. And woah. I’m very fortunate to, upon occasion, to
get away from the confines of the house. Any frustrations from a mornings work can easily
be blown away by a trip out in the governess cart.