Days Gone By: Memories of hundreds of working horses and their drinking troughs
Working horses on our streets are a very rare sight now and are usually for demonstration or promotional events. The same is true in farming, with horse power replaced in another form.
Until the early 1960s it was not uncommon for the milkman, butcher and baker on the daily round to use a horse-drawn cart. Sheila Whiting, from Witnesham, has written with recollections of the drinking troughs that were around Ipswich for the hundreds of horses in daily use by cab drivers and delivery men of all trades.
The last drinking trough to be removed from Ipswich was probably the one at the junction of Princes Street and Portman Road. It was removed in November 1961. It had stood outside the front door of what is now the offices of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, formally a building used by Churchman’s, the cigarette and cigar makers.
Sheila Whiting wrote: Walking through Ipswich recently I had a look at the work being done on the Cornhill and that reminded me of an old photograph of horse carriages and a horse drinking trough there. Does anybody know what happened to it? There was another trough in Princes Street, at the junction with Portman Road and one at the top of Bishops Hill.
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