In the earliest funeral processions coffins were carried on the shoulders of the pall-bearers or on a wooden tray with handles. As towns and cities grew, though, the coffin had to be carried greater distances and the first horse drawn hearses were developed.
Starting out as simple flatbed wagons for carrying the coffin, they soon developed into specially designed vehicles with a style of their own. By the end of the 19th century they had become some of the most decorated vehicles on the road.
Way to Go explored the vehicles used on ‘the final journey’.
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