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The Liverpool Carthorse

 

For more than 250 years horses were used to move goods throughout Liverpool. At their peak more than 20,000 hourses worked on the streets of Liverpool, more than in any other city outside London. The horses did a vital job throughout both World Wars.

 

It is the boast of Liverpool that the horses employed in the city's industry are the finest in the kingdom, and it is a boast to which it is scarcely possible to take exception.

Guidebook to Liverpool, 1914

 

"It was a skilled job in a way and you couldn't just send anyone to load a wagon, you know, you'd have to know and learn it from a kid, how to put it on so it wouldn't come off."

Paddy Miller

 

"All the family were involved in preparing my father's horse Delighful for the May Parade. Ribbons and Fringes had to be shaped and stiched onto the bridle, collar and breeching buckles and brights had to be polished and leatherwork blacked. The horses were groomed and shined then their manes and tails plated.

Harry Wooding

 

The money for the statue was raised by public subscription, unfortunately it is currently surround by temporary fences and building works by the Albert Dock in Liverpool. The above texts are detailed on the base of the statue.

 

 

The Liverpool Carthorse

 

For more than 250 years horses were used to move goods throughout Liverpool. At their peak more than 20,000 hourses worked on the streets of Liverpool, more than in any other city outside London. The horses did a vital job throughout both World Wars.

 

It is the boast of Liverpool that the horses employed in the city's industry are the finest in the kingdom, and it is a boast to which it is scarcely possible to take exception.

Guidebook to Liverpool, 1914

 

"It was a skilled job in a way and you couldn't just send anyone to load a wagon, you know, you'd have to know and learn it from a kid, how to put it on so it wouldn't come off."

Paddy Miller

 

"All the family were involved in preparing my father's horse Delighful for the May Parade. Ribbons and Fringes had to be shaped and stiched onto the bridle, collar and breeching buckles and brights had to be polished and leatherwork blacked. The horses were groomed and shined then their manes and tails plated.

Harry Wooding

 

The money for the statue was raised by public subscription, unfortunately it is currently surround by temporary fences and building works by the Albert Dock in Liverpool. The above texts are detailed on the base of the statue.

 

 

comments (3)

Great photo Les! And I love this tribute to working horses! My friend has a horse rescue in Southern Arizona and it's lovely to see them in their retirement, happily grazing and playing without a stitch of equipment on them!
Les Auld: Sounds a great retirement Elizabeth, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Apr 2012, 08:49
It's a fine tribute Les: let's hope it sees the light of day again soon
Les Auld: One day the works will be completed Chris, thanks for the comment.
What a fine statue.
Les Auld: Indeed it is Brian, thanks for the comment.

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