By our calculations, you should now be stood in front of what is known as the oldest garage in England. What does a garage have in common with robots? Well, not much but cars do! Cars and robots use familiar mechanical parts and both can be controlled by humans.

William Ganderton started a business on this site in 1849 before cars were even invented. He made cart wheels as well as working as an agricultural engineer. The large iron wheel you can see outside was used to make wooden wheels for carts pulled by horses. A horse-drawn vehicle is a mechanized piece of equipment, that has been used for over 4,000 years, although replaced by motor vehicles, they are still used today, mostly in traditional ceremonies.

By the early 1900s, the development of motor cars was well on its way and 100 years later they have evolved from primarily mechanical systems to complex, computerised controlled machines. Nowadays, cars are designed to be manufactured by robots.

Just for fun: Why was the robot mad? Because people kept pushing its buttons!