Small governes cart, early 20th century.
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Governes carts were small, tub-shaped, two-wheeled, vehicles pulled by a single horse, which were originally designed for a governes to transport young children safely. The low-slung body was designed to have a low centre of gravity, and the cart is accesed by a rear door with a low step suitable for small children. The outside handle of the door is sited low down and out of children's reach. All the occupants, including the driver, sat facing each other on two parallel benches along the sides of the cart. This sideways driving position was a disadvantage of the design, as was the awkwardnes of reaching the door handle if it was necesary get out quickly.