For Sale

Burton Style Showman
Circa 1898

A rare opportunity to acquire a Showman's Waggon owned and built for the Arnold Brothers of Southampton and the Isle of Wight, who toured the South of England with Professor Arnold's Electric Bioscope and Theatre of Variety and many other Fairground attractions.

It is believed to date from 1898 and a plaque supporting this comes with the van.  It is a Burton style Showman's Waggon.  It is 16' long, 6'8" wide and just short of 12' high.  This Showman's Waggon was probably build by Watts of Bridgewater.

Many renovations have been done to the waggon including new upholstered seating area that easily converts to a double bed.  It is luxuriously appointed and is fitted with a Queenie Stove. Please see the numerous photographs.

The Arnold Brothers owned many Showman's Engines including Burrell 2126 (Showman), Burrell 2894, which was renamed King Edward VIII, The Island Prince 3868 and The Island Queen.  They also owned a Scammell Showtrac EDL111.

A good variety of photographs, books and other information comes with the Showman's Waggon, including one of it being transferred from the Isle of Wight to Southampton in 1927 by barge.

The Showman's Waggon is in relatively good order considering its age and was fitted with road wheels at some point in its history and has four brand new tyres and tubes.

Presently it resides in South West Cornwall.

My age and ongoing health problems forces reluctant sale.

Price: £13,950

We also have a carousel horse for sale at £750, see bottom photo.

For further information:-
Please contact Mick: 01736 762652 or email:

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