The Irish Jaunting-car

Nineteenth century photo of a Jaunting-car at Athlunkard Bridge, Co. Limerick. From the National Library of Ireland, Lawrence Collection.

The Irish Jaunting-car or side car is a light two-wheeled carriage for a single horse. In its most common form the Jaunting-car has seats for two or four persons placed back to back, with the foot-boards projecting over the wheels. It may have evolved from the simple Chaise-Marine in the later eighteenth century at a time when the slide-car was still in common use amongst farmers. A jaunting-car with a canvas roof was called a Jingle. It remained in use until the early twentieth century.

Further reading

Herring, I. 1940. The “Bians” (II) Their Place Among The Irish Ulster Journal of Archaeology, 115-22.

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