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Horse drawn carriages in Waterloo!

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Tuesday 11 November 2008 11.11pm
I live on The Cut and occasionally in the past have heard the sound of horses hooves trotting along the street in the early hours, but always been too sleepy to get up and have a look. I've always assumed they were police horses. On Monday morning (10 Nov)I happened to be awake and bored by insomnia, when I heard horses hooves at about 6.10am and took a look out of the window.
I caught the tail end of a procession with at least two, elaborate, horse drawn carriages, sort of regal-looking. I only saw the second clearly, a couple of passengers were peering out. The carriages were followed by a 4 wheel drive/Range Rover type vehicle, and then a couple of mounted police.
They were going from the Old Vic end towards Southwark Station
About 45 mins later, I heard hooves again. This time it wasn't nearly as intriguing. Police horses seemed to be escorting a group of horse-riders back in the other direction.
Seriously, what's going on?! Even as I write this, I'm wondering if I was hallucinating or dreaming, but I DID see those carriages...all very surreal

Can anyone shed any light?
Wednesday 12 November 2008 7.38am
They used to have all the police horse stables etc., at Snow Hill, pity you could not phone them and ask..or unless it was a dry run for the Queen to show Barac around Southwark!
Wednesday 12 November 2008 11.15am
Perhaps yo could get a story out of this for next Halloween? Maybe clandestine rehearsals for a senior royal's funeral,because,naturally,they would be touring Southwark on their way en route for a quick half in B.H.S.?
Weird story -I'll try to wake up in time to witness this( but I woun't hold my breath on this !)
Wednesday 12 November 2008 2.54pm
Or could it be the lord mayors carriage being returned to the museum of London, after the lord mayors show on Saturday?
Wednesday 12 November 2008 3.04pm
Probably some of the carriages used by the other Livery companies once a year for the Show - although I'm not sure where they were stabled on Sunday???
Wednesday 12 November 2008 6.15pm
I've lived in The Cut for 25 years and am now familiar with this event. It is linked to the Lord Major's Show and it is the same routine every year; I could set my calendar by it! It is the same day and hour of the week when the horse and carriages get taken out in preparation for the show and the same day and time of the week they return. Where they are stored during those 7 days I have no idea. It is quite a sight.
Wednesday 12 November 2008 6.34pm
<Remembers to keep an eye out next year>

And is there any question about SE1 you cant get answered here?!
Wednesday 12 November 2008 10.42pm
I second your sentiment, Neil! The internet is a truly wondrous thing.

Thanks for solving the mystery, Karen I (neighbour!), a very satisfying result

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