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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Cart Marking - T

A centuries old tradition that still takes place each year at Guildhall. The marking of the carts goes back to the days when the cartmen sought protection for their trades within the city. This was granted to them in return for keeping the streets clean. Animal dung and rubbish were a big problem, not to mention the night pots.
The license is authorise by a branding iron on a wooden plate in the form of a letter. T this year.
Among those in yesterday's ceremony was this rather grand steam tractor.


7 comments:

Montreal Photo Daily said...

Very interesting post! Never heard of "marking the carts"... Love your blog MO - I'm always learning something new here. Happy Thursday!

Karine said...

What a fascinating vehicle!

Sharon said...

An amazing vehicle.

dalia said...

so how many old carts were marked? I love coming across old transport in london, it feels like history comes alive.

Michael Gomez said...
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Jack said...

Every day I learn new things by reading these blogs.

Steffe said...

I agree with Jack, there's always something to learn about going through all the photo blogs.

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