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"The Versatile Cart: A Journey Through Time and Places" Step into the world of art and history as we explore the captivating role of the humble cart

Background imageCart Collection: The Hay Wain, 1821 (oil on canvas)

The Hay Wain, 1821 (oil on canvas)
XCF257194 The Hay Wain, 1821 (oil on canvas) by Constable, John (1776-1837); 130.2x185.4 cm; National Gallery, London, UK; English, out of copyright

Background imageCart Collection: Postman with trumpet, horse and cart

Postman with trumpet, horse and cart. 19th century

Background imageCart Collection: High Street, Springfield, Ohio, USA

High Street, Springfield, Ohio, USA
View of the High Street, Springfield, Ohio, USA, with pedestrians and traffic. Date: circa 1910

Background imageCart Collection: Smithfield Market

Smithfield Market
Carcasses hanging from hooks and butchers wearing their traditional white overalls at Smithfield Market, London. Date: 1950s

Background imageCart Collection: Cats in a dog cart - Louis Wain

Cats in a dog cart - Louis Wain
Expect Us. A group of cats go for a spin in a cart pulled by two slightly disgruntled dogs! A fun postcard design by Louis Wain, the master of the anthromophisation of cats. Date: 1905

Background imageCart Collection: Cottage of Alfred Wallis, St Ives, Cornwall

Cottage of Alfred Wallis, St Ives, Cornwall
View of the cottage of Alfred Wallis (1855-1942), primitive artist, mariner, fisherman and marine stores dealer, at Back Road West, not far from Porthmeor Beach and the Tate Gallery

Background imageCart Collection: England / Sheffield

England / Sheffield
PINSTONE STREET an electric tram passes a horse-cart

Background imageCart Collection: Coal mine in England, 1850s

Coal mine in England, 1850s
Removing coal in the Bradley mine, Staffordshire, England, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageCart Collection: Zebras Pull Mazawattee

Zebras Pull Mazawattee
Four zebras in harness pull a Mazawattee tea cart -- purely for publicity purposes, we understand!

Background imageCart Collection: Marylebone Station

Marylebone Station
June 1921: The interior of Marylebone station in London which belongs to the Great Central Railway. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageCart Collection: High Street, Ayr

High Street, Ayr
The High Street, Ayr, with a tram, a horse-drawn wagon, a horse-drawn cart and a hand delivery cart

Background imageCart Collection: Reading, Berkshire

Reading, Berkshire
The market place at Reading, Berkshire Date: 1895

Background imageCart Collection: Dorset Hay Wain

Dorset Hay Wain
A farmer leading a horse-drawn hay cart (or hay wain) in a country lane in Dorset, England. Date: early 1940s

Background imageCart Collection: Mormons caught in a prairie blizzard en route to Utah

Mormons caught in a prairie blizzard en route to Utah
Mormon hand-cart company struggling across the plains to Salt Lake City. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageCart Collection: Wheelwright makinbg wooden wheels, Blists Hill, Ironbridge

Wheelwright makinbg wooden wheels, Blists Hill, Ironbridge
A skilled wheelwright works on a wooden cart wheel in his workshop at Blists Hill Working Museum, Ironbridge, Shropshire. First published The Independent newspaper Date: 1989

Background imageCart Collection: Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. 1903-1904
A general view of Polkanuggo Quarry with steam traction engine BETA No 483 and workers posing for the camera. The traction engine was made around June 1885 by John Fowler of Leeds

Background imageCart Collection: High Street, Barnes, West London

High Street, Barnes, West London
A simply stunning real photographic postcard showing the High Street, Barnes, West London, featuring a very smart carriage (left) with two finely-dressed coachmen and a horse bus behind

Background imageCart Collection: At an Advanced Dressing Station on the Western Front, Matania

At an Advanced Dressing Station on the Western Front, Matania
A horse-drawn Red Cross ambulance wagon arriving at an advanced dressing station behind the front lines on the Western Front

Background imageCart Collection: Ulverston Sands, 1835. Creator: David Cox the elder

Ulverston Sands, 1835. Creator: David Cox the elder
Ulverston Sands, 1835. One of a series of works depicting the coastal scenery of Morecambe Bay

Background imageCart Collection: St Marys Church, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1870

St Marys Church, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1870
The west front of St Marys Church. View taken from the High Cross end looking towards St Marys Street. A very early photograph. The parish church of St Mary the Virgin was first consecrated in 1259

Background imageCart Collection: Victorian man driving a horse and cart

Victorian man driving a horse and cart
Vintage engraving of Victorian man driving a horse and cart. Strange Adventures of a Dog cart, by Randolph Caldecott

Background imageCart Collection: Scene in Main Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA

Scene in Main Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
Scene in Main Street, Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, USA -- people on the way to a sheep shearing festival. Date: circa 1840s

Background imageCart Collection: WRIGHT: COTTON MILL. Arkwrights Cotton Mills by Night, in Cromford, Derbyshire, England

WRIGHT: COTTON MILL. Arkwrights Cotton Mills by Night, in Cromford, Derbyshire, England. Oil on canvas by Joseph Wright, c1782-83

Background imageCart Collection: High Street, Falmouth, Cornwall. Early 1900s

High Street, Falmouth, Cornwall. Early 1900s
The High Street, Falmouth showing George Eustice Stationers and the Post Office at No. 4. Photographer: Arthur Philp

Background imageCart Collection: Market Jew Street, Penzance, Cornwall. 1920s

Market Jew Street, Penzance, Cornwall. 1920s
View up Market Jew Street towards the Market House with the statue of Sir Humphrey Davy in front. Sir Humphrey Davy was born in Penzance in 1778 and became President of the Royal Society

Background imageCart Collection: L Papa and Sons ice cream vendor in Gravesend, Kent. 1939

L Papa and Sons ice cream vendor in Gravesend, Kent. 1939

Background imageCart Collection: South Street docks in New York City, 1870s

South Street docks in New York City, 1870s
Merchant ships unloading along South Street, New York City, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageCart Collection: Busy Brooklyn Bridge the year it opened, 1883

Busy Brooklyn Bridge the year it opened, 1883
Traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge, seen from the Manhattan side, 1883. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageCart Collection: Horse-drawn fish and chips wagon - Cornwall

Horse-drawn fish and chips wagon - Cornwall
A horse-drawn hot fish and chips wagon in Cornwall, close to St Austell

Background imageCart Collection: Shire horse pulling a hay wagon

Shire horse pulling a hay wagon
A heavy working horse pulls a high hay wagon along a country lane. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageCart Collection: Coal Miners at Whitwick Colliery hwere they smashed the record for the country producing

Coal Miners at Whitwick Colliery hwere they smashed the record for the country producing 258 tons Circa 1960

Background imageCart Collection: The Causeway, Bicester, Oxfordshire, England

The Causeway, Bicester, Oxfordshire, England

Background imageCart Collection: Castle street, Arncroach, Fife, Scotland

Castle street, Arncroach, Fife, Scotland
Castle Street, Arncroach, Fife, Scotland. The newspaper headlines detail a fatal rail crash, although this has not been so far identified precisely. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageCart Collection: Grand Hotel, Chowringhee Road, Calcutta, India

Grand Hotel, Chowringhee Road, Calcutta, India
Grand Hotel, Chowringhee Road, Calcutta (Kolkata), India. Date: circa 1905

Background imageCart Collection: London Slums - Feathers Court, Drury Lane

London Slums - Feathers Court, Drury Lane
Old tea chests and a cart at Feathers Court, Drury Lane - one of Londons Victorian slum areas. Date: circa 1902

Background imageCart Collection: Broughshane St. Ballymena

Broughshane St. Ballymena - a street scene with shop fronts, few people and a horse and cart to the left of the picture. (Location: Northern Ireland: County Antrim). Date: circa early 1900s

Background imageCart Collection: Winter Landscape, 1835-1838, by Barend Cornelis Koekkoek (18

Winter Landscape, 1835-1838, by Barend Cornelis Koekkoek (18
Barend Cornelis Koekkoek (1803-1862). Dutch painter. Winter Landscape, 1835-1838. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. Holland

Background imageCart Collection: Brimstone air-to-ground missile on a triple launcher

Brimstone air-to-ground missile on a triple launcher

Background imageCart Collection: Billingsgate Market

Billingsgate Market
circa 1930: Horse-drawn carts at Billingsgate Fish Market in London. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageCart Collection: Market Square, West Looe, Cornwall. Before 1892

Market Square, West Looe, Cornwall. Before 1892
A view of the market square in West Looe with the Cornish Arms public house on the left. Presumably photographed before 1892 when the inns license was withdrawn as an immoral house (West Briton)

Background imageCart Collection: Horse-drawn cart for Trumans Brewery in Ashford, Kent

Horse-drawn cart for Trumans Brewery in Ashford, Kent
Delightful horse-drawn cart for Trumans Brewery in Ashford, Kent. Trumans Brewery (founded in 1666) of Brick Lane in the Spitalfields area of London eventually closed in 1989. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageCart Collection: Hong Kong street scene, 1890s C016 / 4499

Hong Kong street scene, 1890s C016 / 4499
Hong Kong street scene. Pedestrians, carts, rickshaws and signs in both Chinese script and English on a hill street in Hong Kong in the 1890s. At the time, this area was a British colony

Background imageCart Collection: Croydon Fire Brigade at Brigade HQ, Croydon Town

Croydon Fire Brigade at Brigade HQ, Croydon Town
The horse drawn steam pump form Croydon fire station. This was one of three stations in the Croydon Fire Brigade, the other two being Thornton Heath and South Norwood

Background imageCart Collection: LCC-MFB, HQ station, Southwark SE1

LCC-MFB, HQ station, Southwark SE1
The new headquarters of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) opened in 1878 under its Chief Officer Captain Eyre Massey Shaw

Background imageCart Collection: Trams causing havoc on a Belfast street

Trams causing havoc on a Belfast street
Horses, carts, wagons and pedestrians in an almighty crash involving two trams in Donegal Place in Belfast. The card caption reads: " Our Trammelled Streets" Date: 1905

Background imageCart Collection: Bray near Maidenhead, Berkshire

Bray near Maidenhead, Berkshire
The village of Bray near Maidenhead, Berkshire. The Hinds Head pub (at rear) is now owned and run by Heston Blumenthal and The Ringers (on right) is now his celebrated restaurant The Fat Duck

Background imageCart Collection: Gypsy caravan and trap

Gypsy caravan and trap in a wood clearing. Pen & ink with watercolour wash sketch by Raymond Sheppard

Background imageCart Collection: Charminar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh state, India, Asia

Charminar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh state, India, Asia



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"The Versatile Cart: A Journey Through Time and Places" Step into the world of art and history as we explore the captivating role of the humble cart. From John Constable's iconic masterpiece "The Hay Wain, 1821" to Alfred Wallis' charming depiction of a cottage in St Ives, Cornwall, carts have left an indelible mark on our collective imagination. Louis Wain takes us on a whimsical ride with his delightful artwork "Cats in a dog cart, " showcasing how even our furry friends appreciate the allure of this timeless mode of transportation. Meanwhile, in Sheffield, England, carts were an integral part of daily life during the bustling coal mining era of the 1850s. Venturing further south to Reading, Berkshire, we witness carts transporting goods from Polkanuggo Quarry in Stithians, Cornwall. The strength and grace displayed by shire horses pulling hay wagons exemplify their indispensable contribution to rural communities. In Ayr's High Street or amidst the chaos at an Advanced Dressing Station on the Western Front captured by Matania's skilled hand, carts prove their adaptability across diverse settings. Even culinary delights find their way onto wheels as horse-drawn fish and chips wagons bring joy to coastal towns like those found in Cornwall. Lastly, let us not forget Whitwick Colliery where coal miners shattered production records for our country. These courageous individuals relied heavily on sturdy carts to transport vital resources underground while shaping Britain's industrial landscape. Through these glimpses into artistry and historical events involving carts throughout time and places like Cornwall or Sheffield; it becomes evident that these unassuming vehicles hold stories untold. Their presence symbolizes resilience and progress while reminding us that sometimes it is through simplicity that greatness is achieved.