Pickfords goes back to the age of the
packhorse; indeed at the end of the
First World War they still had 1600
horses and 1900 horse vans in service.
They had over thirty depots and a large
number of steam wagons.
This was the base on which Hay’s Wharf
Cartage, which acquired Pickfords in
1920, were able to build, taking full
advantage of the new age of motor
transport. When four railway companies
bought Pickfords in 1933 they had
reduced their horse use by half and had
over six hundred motor vehicles.
Arthur Ingram tells the story of these
developments and the further changes
that saw the name of Pickfords still
alive in the 1970s and ’80s. His many
photographs show steam wagons, lorries
and loads of all kinds from light
domestic to heavy transport.
Early history – the motor age begins –
with Hay’s Wharf – under the railways –
living with the lion (British Transport
Commission) – slimming down and
- 111 pages
- 180 Black & White photographs throughout
- Hardback book
- 275mm x 205mm