A rare and rather large vintage mower has been acquired by the Budding Museum of Gardening at South Downs Heritage Centre in Hassocks.
The museum’s curator Clive Gravett is seen perched on the Ransomes Patent Motor Mower, powered by a water-cooled Alpha Coventry petrol engine and with a cutting width of 36in.
Clive reports that the mower is in remarkable condition with very few of this model having survived, it was made in 1922 and would have been used on a large estate or sports field. Whilst a few parts are missing, a full restoration in the future could be considered.
The Ransomes catalogue for that period states that this model was supplied to H.M. King George V and H.H. The Emperor of Japan together with many other important people.The mower is on display at the entrance to the heritage centre which houses the museum where there are many other rare and interesting exhibits.www.tatesofsussex.co.uk