The Little Roundabout
Original 1940's Coulson 'Minor Mobile' children's roundabout ride.
Passionately and lovingly restored
Our Minor Mobile Roundabout was purchased in 2018 from the Newbury district 'Lions Club' near Reading where it had been used for charity events a few times a year. The club owned the roundabout for around 10 years after being donated it from another districts club, prior to this little history is known. However, we are positive the roundabout in the photograph above is ours and taken in 1961 at Westbrook marina in Margate, Kent. The roundabout has had a full restoration, the majority is original and the small parts that needed replacing where made to original specification. Even the paint colour scheme is exactly the same as it left the workshop over 70 years ago! Lets hope the little roundabout continues to bring lasting memories and smiles for another 70 years and more!
The little roundabout is only 10ft diameter, trailer mounted, and can be erected almost anywhere inside and out, in under 30 minutes. It is completely eco friendly and is hand operated (no smelly, noisy, diesel generators!), only requiring a strong arm and a good cup of tea!.
It is our greatest pleasure to share the roundabout with everybody, please get in touch to have it at your next event!
Beautifully restored for all to enjoy
F.W Coulson was founded by Cyril Coulson during the early 1940's, Cyril was a pipe welder by trade and used his skills to manufacture juvenile fairground rides and equipment. Originally the workshop was based in the old School on Colstgate Hill Ripon, which still stands today. The Coulson works when in full operation had around 80 employees, the company rapidly gained a good reputation for quality amongst the industry. Coulson works were well known for producing large toysets. However, Cyril designed and focused on manufacturing a revolutionary new product, this would be known as the 'minor mobile'. This little toyset was only 10ft diameter, hand operated, trailer mounted and ahead of its time in design and build materials. Cyril produced a small number before pushing the advertising, and then attended the amusement trade exhibition in London. With interest rising and orders being placed, Cyril decided to attend and showcase the roundabout at the Festival of Britain 1951. The morning before setting up, Cyril was involved in a car accident and tragically passed away aged only 36. Due to Cyrils death the Minor Mobile came to an end. Coulson works continued to operate up until the late 1950's before trading finally ceased.
Approximately 14 Minor Mobiles were manufactured. Only a handful are still operating today and ours is the most original one there is!
F.W Coulson History..
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