Beastly Merseyside

Beastly Merseyside

Bristol 408

Bristol 408

Brick, Stones and Straw: Working Horses in Liverpool

Publication Date15th February 2023

Book FormatPaperback

pages96

Illustrations100

Height234

Width165

The relationship between humans and horses has played a vital role in shaping our towns and cities. This book offers a fascinating insight into the history of working horses in Liverpool.
Regular Price £15.99 Online Price: £14.39
Availability: Out of stock
ISBN
9781398111660

Working horses have been part of the story of Liverpool since its beginnings, shaping the economic life of the city. The relationship between humans and horses shaped the economic life of the city until steam-powered railways and then motorised transport gradually took over. Trades and industries grew up around packhorses, draft and shire horses, goods were brought in on horse trains, and the skills of carters, veterinary workers and farriers were passed on from generation to generation. In this book author Peter Sleeman examines the history of the working horse in Liverpool and Merseyside, concentrating particularly on the work of the carters, drawing on original documentation of one carter from West Derby in the 19th century, an ancestor of the author. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, when Liverpool boomed, trade grew and its population rocketed, the carters and their horses were vital in transporting goods from the Docks in Liverpool and Birkenhead and the newly built railways. Draft horses were an everyday sight on the streets into the 1960s, working into the night in all weather not only at the docks but in the markets and other transportation duties around Liverpool and Merseyside. The work was hard but once a year their service was celebrated in the annual May Day Parade where the drivers and their horses paraded in their finery through the streets of Liverpool – a tradition that continues to the present day.


Bricks, Stones and Straw: Working Horses in Liverpool takes the reader on a fascinating exploration of the vital role that working horses have played in the city through the ages.

Write Your Own Review
Only registered users can write reviews. Please Sign in or create an account