The lawnmower was invented by Edwin Beard Budding in 1830. He was working in a woollen mill in Stroud, Gloucester, where he designed a machine originally to trim the knap off the cloth, destined for Guardsmen\'s uniforms. His revolutionary idea was to use it to cut grass!!. At the time people thought he was a lunatic and a madman to use such a contraption, so he tested the machine at night so no one could see him.
Why not book a guided tour and learn more of the extraordinary history of the garden machine industry.
Included in this Unique National collection are manufacturers not normally associated with the garden industry, names such as Rolls Royce, Royal Enfield, Vincent, Dennis, Hawker Sidley, Perkins Diesel, British Leyland, Fraser Nash and many more. Most of the exhibit\'s technical and industrial artefacts are from the Victorian and Edwardian era and the restored exhibits are devoted to keeping a small part of British engineering Heritage alive.