Cart Marking ceremony rolls into Guildhall


Guildhall Yard is generally considered a no parking zone, but inspectors made an exception yesterday for a fleet of vintage vehicles to receive their stamp of approval in the City’s traditional Cart Marking ceremony.

The annual procession of horse-drawn wagons, steamers, veteran and vintage lorries, buses and coaches and modern vehicles is organised by the Worshipful Company of Carmen and dates back to 1667.

In medieval times, the City decreed they should have control over the number of commercial vehicles operating in the Square Mile and that each would be licensed with a brass plaque.

Spectators turned out to see Master Carmen, Patrick Marsland-Roberts, Lord Mayor Charles Bowman and Master Glover, Alvin Seth-Smith inspecting each vehicle and marking them with a red-hot iron bearing the year letter and car number.