Funerals With A Horse Drawn Hearse
No funeral in Victorian times was complete without an elaborate Horse Drawn Hearse hitched to either two or four black horses wearing plumes of ostrich feathers. The tradition was that the hearse, horses and plumes were black for adults and white for children.
The hearses that we use were made by John Marston in Birmingham and date from the late 1800's. John Marston began making hearses in 1847 but eventually made motor powered hearses as they became more popular.
Horse Drawn Hearses were becoming out of favour by the mid 1900's and the motor powered hearses normally seen today superseded them. Their revival started in the 1980's and now ensure an eye catching elegant and stylish procession.
For a more authentic touch we can provide a horse drawn carriage to follow the hearse.
George Roberts paging a funeral.
Paging is when the Funeral Director walks in front of the cortege as the hearse leaves
the house, passes a place of significant meaning to the deceased, leaving a church
and on arrival at the Cemetery or Crematorium.
Attendants tending to the four Belgian Blacks
Wallace, Gromit, Jack and Robbie outside the church.
A white horse drawn hearse is normally used for children
and young people but can, of course, be used for adults.
Preparing for the end of the church service.
This hearse is being drawn by Wallace and Gromit.
The cortege prepares to set off to the Cemetery
Is this Wallace or is it Gromit?
Call us for full details of horse drawn hearses.
Graham, Christine or George will be pleased to assist you with
any queries you may have about funerals.
You can contact them on 01723 - 501027 (24 hours)
G. Roberts Independent Family Funeral Directors is an independent, family run business serving
Scarborough and all surrounding areas