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When mowing the lawn was a chore!

Grass Clippings - Historic Ransomes Lawn MowerThe world's first motorised lawnmower has been restored to its former glory more than a century after being invented as the ultimate rich man's toy - costing the equivalent of £15,000 today. 

Andrew Hall, 54, a gardener from Ilminster, Somerset, spent four years working on the 1.25 ton machine that was the forerunner of suburban lawns across the world today.

The Ransome driveable mower cost £137 in 1902 - equivalent to £15,000 today - and was a 20th Century alternative to horse-driven and steam-powered mowers.

Because only the rich could afford them at first they were driven by chauffeurs who were given the task of tending to their master’s lawns.

The 8ft long machine, that is about the same size as a Mini, was initially purchased by Cadbury’s and used in the Bournville village in Warwickshire to maintain a sports field.

Mower enthusiast Mr Hall was then given the machine which he has painstakingly restored. Luckily, the main frame, body, rollers, cutting cylindar blades and 1906 3hp engine were still intact. 

Mr Hall had to build a new side frame and a grass box assembly and had to locate and replace the chains which run down one side.  Mr Hall, 54, a gardener, said: 'As collectors you are always having to look for rare items or what people haven’t heard of.

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