Saturday, March 8, 2014

A company of wheelbarrows

Katie Pybus took this photo at Uppark House (National Trust) in Petersfield, UK

One is different. Five and one.

In the U.S. I haven't seen wheelbarrows so regimented as in the UK. I like this orderly row. I hope I find a photo I took of a wheelbarrow that matched the pickup truck it was in, and had a mounting. I saw several of those, as though the wheelbarrow belonged in, and to, that particular truck.

Just out of curiosity, I googled "Uppark house wheelbarrow" and got some hits. They images will be links to where they were found.
Jo wins her fight with the wheelbarrow

Jo, a slope, and a wheelbarrow

There was "Jo Struggles with a wheelbarrow" (perhaps I've put them in the wrong order here)

In PDFs I can't easily link here, one talked about something there being heated by wood-fired boilers, and wood chips were transported by wheelbarrow. Another PDF had a facsimile of a book, and talked of parties at that house in the 19th century that were wild enough that drunken guests needed to be transported back to the house in wheelbarrows. I wish they had pictures of THAT!
The Literary Guide & Companion to Southern England
Robert M. Cooper - 1998 - ‎Literary Criticism
In no time at all he was Sir Matthew Fetherstonhaugh, Bart., of Uppark. ... had to be carried from the banqueting hall back to the main house in wheelbarrows


  1. Although Uppark is still closed to the public we were there today as special guests of Andy Lewis, the head gardener, who took the photos you found.

    As soon as we pulled up and saw the wheelbarrows I thought of you :) Last week I saw a guy sat in a wheel barrow that was designed to be a chair when turned the other way but I was driving so couldn't take a photo.

    We have also met Jo when we tested the Halloween trail for the school holidays before the school holidays had started.

    There is a fabulous Doll House at Uppark too

  2. We wrote a guest blog post for Uppark recently which might be of interest Blog Post