Arthur Swift’s Children’s Roundabout
Arthur Swift’s children’s ride possibly dates from before the First World War, and was probably new as a dobby set, with little wooden horses for children to sit on.
It was built in Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire, by William Henry Halstead, who claimed to be the “originator of the juvenile novelty and machine roundabouts.” He was also the dealer who supplied Robert Edwards with his fullsize Galloping Horses in 1916.
The exact age of the ride is not known, but it travelled in Lancashire and West Yorkshire for many years owned by Arthur Swift. Many of the toys on it, such as the rocket and the liner Queen Elizabeth were built by Arthur himself.
The ride was placed in store when Arthur Swift died in the 1970s and remained in a yard at Farnworth, near Bolton, until it was acquired by Michael Smith in 1998.