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Bath Chair

By PhilT2
Another stable find at Calke Abbey
A Bath chair was a rolling chaise or light carriage for one person with a folding hood, which could be open or closed. Used especially by disabled persons, it was mounted on three or four wheels and drawn or pushed by hand. It is so named from its origin in Bath, England
James Heath, of Bath, was the inventor of the bath chair in the 18th century.
Later versions were a type of wheelchair which is pushed by an attendant rather than pulled by an animal. In the 19th century they were often seen at spa resorts such as Buxton and Tunbridge Wells. Some versions incorporated a steering device that could be operated by the person in the chair. The photo is of this later type.

Tags: General Derbyshire Calke abbey Bath chair

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HobbitDave Plus
14 10 10 England
5 Aug 2022 10:43AM
Wonderful inventions, Phil. Looks like there’s a second one behind it, a four-wheeler. Thanks for the fascinating write-up 👌

AlfieK Plus
6 1 1 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2022 10:44AM
I could do with one of those
mac Plus
21 15 Scotland
5 Aug 2022 3:23PM
A National Health version in Victorian times? I am pretty sure it would fail its MOT, no brakes!
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
5 Aug 2022 4:38PM
A great way for disabled persons to get about. A fine capture Phil 😃👍
Trev 😀
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
5 Aug 2022 7:27PM
Special equipment--- could be very handy !
5 Aug 2022 10:32PM
Excellent Phil and a great write up Lin
Chinga Plus
12 123 3 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2022 5:12PM
Fascinating contraption. Excellent subject spotted.
Isabel GrinGrin

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