The passing of the horse bus. Man on horseback leads another horse out of the LGOC stables. Horses are seen from behind about to leave stables through archway with LGOC wooden gates. Newsagent is seen through arch on opposite side of street.
Photographed by Topical Press, May 1911
Image no: Ukn
Inventory no: 1998/74730
20th Century London caption: This is the end of the road for the horse bus, which was being replaced by motorised transport. A man is taking these two horses out of the London General Omnibus Company (L.G.O.C.) stables for the last time. 17,000 horses were owned by the L.G.O.C. in the heyday of horse buses. All were either sold, often to farmers, or sent to the knacker's yard to be destroyed. Other businesses continued to use horses as traction on London's streets, however. The L.G.O.C. withdrew its horse buses in 1911 but other companies such as Thomas Tilling continued until 1914.