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Quinta da Póvoa -
Serra do Socorro
Casal Barbas
2565-771 Turcifal
Torres Vedras
Portugal

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Póvoa carriages Print E-mail

restoration work at P�voaHorses in harness at the time of Lines were an important military resource. The state of roads outside towns and cities limited their usefulness as an everyday civilian mode of transport, but matters improved after the conflict, and by the turn of the (nineteenth) century the popularity and variety of carriages mirrored that of the modern motor-car.

 A project to restore examples of locally built carriages at Póvoa resulted in the magnificent vehicles you can see here, now in full working order and fine livery. Póvoa horses have taken extremely well to the challenges of harness both singly and as a pair.

 

 

The two-wheeled "Gig" was the first to be completed, and the picture shows the fine pedal-operated warning bell beneath the footboard. The yellow wheeled "Shooting Brake" (the second) is a magnificent example of a fashionable country vehicle in which the hunting party would sit facing each other. Finally came the "Victoria". This elegant design is possibly based on a phaeton made for King George IV of the United Kingdom, though in English the name victoria was not employed for a carriage before 1870. It was very popular amongst wealthy families. On a low body, it has one forward-facing seat for two passengers, a raised driver's seat supported by an iron frame and a calash top. It may be drawn by one or two horses. This type of carriage became fashionable with ladies for riding in the park, especially with a stylish coachman installed.
 
 
on the road! 
 
 
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 One of the carriages recently has had a "starring role"!
 
Clap filmesLines of Wellington carriage  
 
 
 
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