Galloper Ride

A Formidable History

Manufactured by Savage this 4-abreast Galloper was made for Mitcham showman, Harry Gray.  After which they were sold Billy Butlin, who bought the set for use at his camp at Clacton-on-Sea.

The Gallopers remained at Clacton until 1971 when Harry Wigfield and Les Enston bought them for restoration.  It was then sold to Tommy Messham. It was acquired by another showmen, but soon sold on to Peter Webb in 1988.  The ride was then acquired by Albert Botton and became resident in Margate.

After a brief spell at the Hop Farm attraction in Kent it was purchased by Littleboy’s on behalf of Thanet District Council and following restoration will form part of the new Dreamland Amusement Park in Margate, Kent.

Thank you to The Dreamland Trust for the use of your images.

Scroll through our picture galleries below for a journey through the life of this magnificent machine.

A touch of Fairground Artisanship

We have created merchandise, as well as holding stock of original fairground items and artwork. If you’d like a piece of the past, made for the future, you’ll find something just for you in our online shop.

Images from the Past


Rounding boards & Shutterboards

Centre truck & Drumboards

Steps, Floors & Cranks


Build up & Testing

Delivery & Installation