This carousel was a heart-warming sight at the top of one of Sheffield's main shopping streets. Beautifully made, its dancing horses pranced up and down on their rotating arms, at the same time as circling the central core. The paintwork was fresh and bright and the lights gleaming in the foggy, late afternoon while the sound of the hurdy gurdy organ transported me back to another era!
According to the painted sign, this carousel was built by Savages of King's Lynn, Norfolk, in 1896. The engineering firm of Frederick Savage began around 1853, building agricultural machinery for the farming of newly reclaimed swamp land around the flats of the Norfolk coast. The business rapidly became a success and began to experiment. In the early 1860s they built their first self propelled traction engine; a three wheeler with a wooden frame which they named the 'Juggernaut'. After a move in 1872, to a new location on the northern edge of the town, they began to build fairground equipment.
Originally, of course, this carousel would have been powered by steam, but now it is electric.