Welcome To The Old Lawnmower Club

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The Old Lawnmower Club was formed in 1990 to promote the collection, preservation and display of lawn mowers made from 1830 onwards. We have more than 500 members around the world.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in old lawn mowers. We participate in a number of events throughout the year at museums, garden shows, vintage rallies and steam fairs. You can find out more about what we do on this site.

Annual Rally Countdown Begins

It's now less than a month until the club's Annual Rally at Milton Keynes Museum on 21/22 May. We'll be posting updates in the run up to the big event (our 27th since the first in 1990) with news about what will be going on over the weekend. This year we have a dual theme of Dennis and JP mowers and we hope there will be a good selection of static and working machines from each manufacturer on both days, the Sunday in particular. Club Members can log onto the site to access more detailed information about the event in our special section.

New Lawn Mower Museum In West Sussex

The new Budding Museum of Gardening is the first new lawn mower museum that we have heard about for a couple of years, and it's a most welcome addition to the list. Founded and curated by Old Lawnmower Club member Clive Gravett, the museum is housed within the new South Downs Heritage Centre in Hassocks, West Sussex. The centre is itself part of a £2.5m project linked with the South Downs National Park. The museum's collection is housed within a 1500m2 vernacular style Sussex barn constructed from restoration-grade oak, fashioned by hand in a traditional workshop by a team of master carpenters.

"We think this is the largest collection of vintage mowers on permanent public display in the South of England," says Clive. "It's the result of more than three years' planning and we already have 30 mowers from the 1860s to 1960s so far with space for more."

  

The display includes several rare machines including an example of the world’s first sidewheel mower patented in Philadelphia, USA in 1869. Push mowers range from a 6in Archimedean to a very original 18in Ransomes Patent Gear Automaton. A centre-piece on the motor mower stand is an exceptionally well restored British Anzani Easimow, designed and originally manufactured in Sussex by E.F. Ranger (Ferring) Ltd. This makes it a very local exhibit indeed. Outside there are some larger mowers, including a Lloyds of Letchworth Autoscythe with Mar-Vil engine, agricultural implements and a couple of tractors. The museum also incorporates a general gardening history sections which Clive says is still a work in progress but already has sections on Pruning & Trimming, Watering & Spraying and of course the story of Edwin Budding.

  

The South Downs Heritage Centre also houses the Sussex food hall with local specialist cheese, chocolate, patisserie, coffee, ice cream etc and plenty of Budding Pale Ale! Local artists and crafts-people have studios, exhibitions and sales areas for the items they produce. In the adjacent barn is a restaurant serving a wide variety of food and refreshments.

How to Find The Museum

South Downs Heritage Centre
Brighton Road
Hassocks
East Sussex
BN6 9LY

See Map Here

By car, just off the A23 7.5 miles north of Brighton.

By train Hassocks station is only 0.5 miles, 10 minutes' walk away.

Opening hours are 9.00am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, 10.00am to 4.30pm Sundays.

Although Clive is not at the museum every day he says he will be pleased to meet club members there on pre-arranged dates for a personal guided tour. Members can access Clive's contact details in the Members Only section of the website.

You can see a list of museums that feature lawn mowers on our Museum Page.

James May Rebuilds A Suffolk Colt - More Mowers On The Telly

James May of "Top Gear" fame starts his new BBC series "The Reassembler" with a project to rebuild a Suffolk Colt Mower from the 1950s. The programme is on BBC4 at 9pm on Monday 4 April and will be available on the iPlayer afterwards for a couple of weeks. The trailers for the show have been fairly sparse but it looks like James will be rebuilding the mower and finding out more about its history and how it was made along the way. Should be fun and might even give the many, many people who contact the club about these popular old machines a few hints.

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