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The Essex Funerals Hearse and its history.

Bennett’s Undertaker Services for Funerals in Essex are pleased to offer all types of funeral transport when arranging an Essex Funeral

Have you ever wondered why a hearse is called a hearse? The funeral hearse was originally a wooden or metal framework, which stood over the bier or coffin and supported the pall. It was provided with numerous spikes to hold burning candles, and, owing to the resemblance of these spikes to the teeth of a harrow, was called a hearse.

The hearse in Essex

Hearses were originally hand-drawn and could have consisted of just a simple cart, then, after the weight and decoration of the hearse increased and longer distances had to be travelled, horse-drawn hearses came into use. These days, especially with the shift in trends we are seeing at Essex funerals, hearses and funeral transport can come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from the traditional and dignified classic funerals cars that we know so well, to the unique and colourful alternative funeral vehicles that are starting to become more popular as loved ones look for funeral transport to match the deceased’s hobbies, pastimes and passions in life.

If you were to look at a time line of the transport used at Essex funerals it might go a bit like this:

  • From 1650 the hand pulled cart
  • Mid nineteenth century the horse drawn hearse was developed
  • 1906 the motor hearse first made its appearance on London and Essex streets
  • 1940 the horse drawn hearse finally disappeared
  • 1920 to 1940 Daimler, Austin and Rolls Royce emerge as popular funeral vehicles
  • 1950 the horse drawn hearse returned and was popular within the east end of London
  • Over the last two decades Volvos, Jaguars and Mercedes appeared
  • 2018 alternative and unusual funeral transport emerges, with vehicles such as the Land Rover Defender Hearse becoming a popular choice.

Up to date hearse choices for funerals in Essex

Nowadays, traditional classic funeral transport is still as popular as ever, but we are certainly seeing clients choosing unique and alternative funeral vehicles such as the Triumph Thunderbird motorbike and land rover defender 4×4 funeral cars that Bennett’s Funeral Director’s in Essex have at their disposal.

If you would like to take a walk through the history of funeral vehicles and come and view our stunning range of vintage hearses, horse drawn hearse, modern limousines and unique funeral transport then don’t hesitate to call. We will be only too happy to help with any enquiries you may have.

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