Horse-drawn Hearse, Rawthorne's Undertakers, Stafford,

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Date:1908 - 1912 (c.)

Description:Hearse outside James Rawthorne's funeral premises, which were located behind the Junction Hotel on Newport Road.

Horse-drawn hearses came into use in the later half of the nineteenth century. Most were designed with glass sides and a flat roof, for carrying wreaths and flowers. They were often elaborately decorated with pillars, scrolls and cornices to give a classical or ecclesiastical effect.

The use of horse-drawn hearses continued until the 1930s.

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Donor ref:P82.040.0001 (18/1206)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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