An old Auctioneer's note of Particulars from 1936
So houses in the street were fetching around £750 in those days. That, by one method of
reckoning here, is the equivalent of £47,596 in 2015 allowing for inflation –
which is less than a tenth of the going price now (in some cases, much less).
It was leased from The Portsmouth and Brighton United Breweries who owned a number of Brighton pubs at this time.
Friday, 31 July 2015
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|Reg and his little sister Rita driving their goat cart down Temple Street|
|A flower girl and goat carts for hire near Hove Lawns, c.1890|
A goat should only pull about 1 ½ times its own weight, according to experts in the field, so the little carts were perfect for carrying young'uns up and down the front, but they were also used for more workaday duties by tradesmen of the time, delivering items such as milk, vegetables and barrels of water.
Many of the carts, few of which have survived, were beautifully made by craftsmen and two motor companies of later renown, Peugeot in France and Studebaker in America, manufactured them before moving on to more glamorous vehicles.
Sadly the goats were often abused and ill treated. Local councils at seaside resorts later licensed all operators giving goat carriage rides and conditions improved somewhat.
In Brighton, the last known Harness Goat Licence was issued in 1953.
|A couple of Victorian children take 'Our Morning Ride' on Madeira Drive|