You can’t have a ‘proper’ ride without the right vehicles.
Our carriages are all classic models that have been maintained, restored or re-created to be the same as those used centuries ago. They are fitted with authentic wheels and traditional fittings - we still work with craftsmen men such as Greg, our wheelwright, who uses skills which date back to the 14th century.
The Queen Victoria
The Victoria has long been considered one of the most elegant of all coachman carriages. It evolved about 1860 and was first used in Paris and it was admired by Queen Victoria after whom our English version is named. There are no doors just a low scooping body which allowed passengers to be admired. The Victoria seats 2 comfortably, with optional leather hood up or down.
The King George
Our newest addition commissioned for Windsor Carriages in 2019 stands tall and smart, providing a larger than average shooting break seating for up to 8 passengers.
These were somewhat ungainly versions of the first Wagonnette introduced in the late 1860s. They were generally used as utility vehicles for exercising horses or taking furniture from house to house when one moved from the country estate to town.
The King John
Built in 2009 to a specification from my father John Seear it is designed to look and feel just like an original Victorian carriage.
The first vehicle of this type was introduced in around 1846 designed by the firm of Amersham’s for Lord Curzon. In 1845 Messrs Hooper’s of London built a similar vehicle to the orders of Queen Victoria and the specifications of the prince consort. Seats were designed to be on both sides, perfect for sight-seeing expeditions. This carriage is known as a Wagonnette.