A final journey that harkens back with some nostalgia and resonance to a previous era, when the steady beat of brightly-shod horses’ hooves often echoed along the country roads and lanes.
At a sedate walking pace the bright chesnut coloured Suffolk Punch, draws the solidly built country
harvest wagon, with ease and with little demand from his immense and understated strength.
The Suffolk punch takes all in his stride.
For those wishing for a final journey of note, consider the choice of horse-drawn funeral
carriages available. Like the heritage of our horses, the vehicles we offer are of a traditional
nature, fully reliable and maintained to a high standard. The heavy horse team notably
attends various country shows where the horses and the wagons display and compete
to promote the skills of heavy horsemanship.
Our ‘final journey’ horse-drawn transport is available to all funeral homes and service
providers. Should you wish to engage us, your funeral service provider can arrange this for you or you can contact us directly.
The ‘Winfarthing wagon’ illustrated in its blue and red livery, is a harvest wagon
most chosen as it conveys a distinct deference to those who were of the countryside.
The ‘Kilverstone wagon’ is a harvest wagon, with plain varnished wood, of a
robust build and great presence.
The ‘Timber wagon’ is a very simple but effective wagon, its original purpose being
to transport lengths of timber and trees.
The horse-drawn omnibus from the turn of the 20th century provides sheltered transport
for six, whilst the Charabanc, of a similar era, provides uncovered transport for up to sixteen.
The Suffolk Horse is the oldest native breed of heavy horse in Great Britain, the recognised stallion
forebear for which was Crisp’s horse of Ufford foaled in 1768. Always chesnut
(traditional spelling) in colour the resplendent Suffolk is a mighty horse with exceptional
‘pulling power’, docile temperament, endurance and willingness to work and please.
Whilst Suffolks powered the East Anglian countryside in the age of the horse, and served faithfully
too, numbers since the advent of mechanization in the late 1940s and 1950s saw a dramatic decline
and the breed was in danger of being lost. In the early 1990s there were in the region of just 200
pure bred Suffolks left. A new enthusiasm for what is rightfully the living icon of East Anglia has
resulted in numbers steadily increasing with now some 500 British pure breed Suffolks evident.