In 1933 Robert Edwards & Sons, showmen of Swindon, acquired the latest thing in fairground roundabouts, an all electric Noah’s Ark ride, to travel with their Victorian steam powered galloping horse roundabout (Gallopers)
After Pewsey Carnival that year, their old set of gallopers was packed away in their yard where it remained for over half a century. In 1986 the newly formed Fairground Heritage Trust, a non-profit making registered charity, acquired it complete with its 89 key Verbeeck organ, Tidman centre engine and 1917 FWD lorry and packing truck, thanks to the generous help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Science Museum, the Manifold Trust, the Material World Charitable Foundation, and a private benefactor.
This famous roundabout was first acquired by the well known Swindon showman, Robert Edwards, in 1916 from Halsteads, roundabout manufacturers and brokers of Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire for the sum of eighty sovereigns. The previous owner or owners are unknown but it is established that the ride was built by Savages of Kings Lynn, world famous for their Galloping horse roundabouts.