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Ox-cart Construction Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Surgeon Henry Milburne's description of the ox-cart as an "inconvenient, ill-constructed, clumsy carriage" comes from his experience in tending the sick and wounded of the battlefield and ignores many of the excellent practical attributes of the vehicle.


rear view of an ox cart axle

Their ability to stand up to the arduous conditions imposed by the poor mountain roads and their ease of maintenance were key to their success and more general popularity and usefulness.

In particular the axle construction with its fixed wheels gave the ox-cart particular advantages over rough roads, being the simple fore-runner of the modern "locked differential" of a 4 x 4. 

Here are (scale) drawings of the arrangement - probably not needed at the time of the Lines by the usual owners of the carts - recording at the turn of the 19th century the "standard" dimensions and method of construction.

 (click on the thumbnails to enlarge the drawings)


(There are more pictures of ox-carts in the historical "Picture gallery"

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