Goat-drawn carriage returns to Eastbourne after 130 years

A goat-drawn cart. SUS-150922-133142001
A goat-drawn cart. SUS-150922-133142001
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One of the world’s weirdest forms of transport will return to Eastbourne this month for the first time since the reign of Queen Victoria.

A goat-drawn carriage, once a big business in the 1870s and 80s, will be offering free rides to children on the Western Lawns near the Lansdowne Hotel from 3pm on Wednesday, September 30.

Local MP Caroline Ansell will be among the guests trying out the ride at 5.45pm.

The goat rides return to the Victorian seafront to mark the launch of a new book on the architectural history of Eastbourne.

The book, Eastbourne in Detail, has an image of the original Goat Chaise Stand plaque, which is still visible on King Edward’s Parade today.

The book consists of more than 300 photos of architectural details through the history of Eastbourne and will be on sale in the town from early October.

It will be available for £20 at WH Smith, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre and Eastbourne Heritage Centre.

For more details on the book click here

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