the rural life collection

Lloyd-Baker Collection

Housed within the grounds of The Old Prison is the unique Lloyd Baker Rural Life Collection – a wonderful display of historic agricultural and farming machinery from the era of ‘horsepower.’

Collated by Miss Olive Lloyd-Baker at her family home at Hardwick Court, this fascinating and nationally important personal collection of farm wagons, carts and implements along with two shepherds’ huts, will take you back in time to the days when the land was toiled by man and beast and tractors had not yet been invented. At the heart of the collection are 23 farm wagons and carts, with regional and national significance as locally distinctive examples.

Upon Olive’s death in 1975 the ownership of the “Lloyd-Baker Collection” was transferred to Cotswold District Council. Since the 1980’s further additions to the collection have been made by generous donations from local people. 

The Friends of the Cotswolds houses the collection at The Old Prison on behalf of the of Cotswold County Council and ensures that it can be enjoyed by locals and visitors free of charge.


A Gloucestershire box waggon built for Fredrick Nunney and used throughout its life on his farm at Fiddler's Green, Cheltenham.


A hybrid waggon from the Lloyd-baker collection.


Cotswold/south midlands bow waggon from annerly in north Gloucestershire, from thee Lloyd baker collection.


A blue timber waggon from the Lloyd-baker collection


A road waggon, sprung front ad back, used by farmers and businessmen


A blue timber waggon from the lloyd-baker collection


The Corinium Museum – Cirencester

Image’s courtesy of The Corinium Museum