In our first Curiosity of the Week for 2017, we bring you a quirky museum that is a ‘cut above the rest’, the British Lawnmower Museum in Southport.
The museum has a collection of 1,000 machines from the last 200 years, and provides an alternative tourist destination for those visiting the seaside town. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is certainly a quintessentially British museum.
This award-winning museum promises a unique experience, where visitors can see the first, the fastest, the biggest, the smallest, and the most expensive machines.
Edwin Beard Budding patented a machine for cutting grass in 1830. He was deemed a madman and lunatic for making such a contraption, he had to test his machine at night so no one would see him. When he eventually brought it onto the market, it was advertised with, ‘Gentlemen will find in using my machine an amusing and healthy exercise’. Budding’s invention has not changed to this day, and it is now a very traditionally British obsession.
Visitors can also see the lawnmowers of the rich and famous, including Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Brian May, Eric Morecambe, Nicholas Parsons, Paul O’Grady, Alan Titchmarsh, James May, Richard and Judy, and Albert Pierrepoint.
The museum, situated in Shakespeare Street in the Victorian seaside town of Southport, Merseyside, is open all year round (except Sundays and bank holidays).
Admission costs £3 for adults and £1 for children, and includes an audio tour. Those looking for something a little different can book a curator guided tour. Groups, parties, students and garden enthusiasts are all welcome.
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