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Coal wagon 'Cellarette' Champagne cooler
A massive Victorian wine-cooler or ‘cellarette’, modelled as a coal wagon, the oak body with silver-plated bronze strap work and fittings, with a large removable liner. The side of the wagon bearing a plaque ornately engraved Presented to Miss Towneley on the occasion of her cutting the first sod, for the opening of the Towneley Demesne Colliery. 25th Feby., 1869.
English, circa 1869.
Overall length: 25 inches (68 cm)
Overall height: 17 inches (42 cm).
Alice Mary Towneley (1846-1921) was the youngest daughter and co-heir of Col. Charles Towneley of Towneley Hall in Burnley, Lancashire - what was the Towneley family seat since the 13th century. The Towneley Colliery was located in what is now known as Towneley Park, and closed in February 1948.
The Towneley family has had many renowned members, including several High Sheriffs of Lancashire, a Member of Parliament, numerous Knights, a Governor of Carlisle, several military Colonels and one Francis Towneley, a noted Jacobite sympathiser, who was beheaded in 1746, his head being placed on a pike in Temple Bar.