Fairground

Mr Field’s Steam Circus

Mr Field's Steam Circus Dobbies set
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Forerunner of the Gallopers and believed to date from the late 1870s, this is the world's oldest surviving mechanically-driven fairground ride.

Mr Field's Circus dobby set

The set of Savage platform horses, or Dobbies, is the forerunner of the Gallopers which feature the addition of cranked 'galloping' motion of the horses to the Dobbies' circular motion. The ride is driven by a Savage steam centre engine and riders are entertained by an 1880s 62 key Gavioli trumpet barrel organ.

Because of its great age and importance, this ride is not operated on every open day, but rather on special occasions.

Following restoration work, this ride returned to service in 2015.