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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Seear

King Charles III visits Windsor Carriages

Updated: Mar 7

A short history of horse drawn deliveries in Windsor, visited by HRH Prince Charles, our now Majesty King Charles III, written by Rebecca Seear, daughter of, and groom to; Windsor Coachman John Seear, Windsor Carriages Coachman from 1949 to 2016.

King Charles III visits Windsor Carriages
King Charles III visits Windsor Carriages

Flash back to the 1960's and goods were still being delivered around Windsor Town by horse and carriage as they had been for centuries before. One such tradesman was Mr Leslie Jones of The Token House, Windsor, who was renowned for continuing to use his horse drawn delivery van, driven by Windsor Coachman when they weren't working on their hackney carriages.

The Token House sold fine china, lead crystal glass, silver and antiques across the world and held Royal Warrants from both Her Majesty The Queen and Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. It was simply THE place to hold ones wedding gift list and continued to deliver its fine china and goods around Windsor by horse and carriage. Most notably it delivered Christmas gifts direct to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.


Mr John Seear, Windsor Carriages Coachman from 1949 to 2016, was the last coachman to drive the delivery van and pictures from the period show a delivery round coming out of The Henry VIII gate at Windsor Castle shown below.


Horse drawn deliveries at Windsor Castle
Horse drawn deliveries at Windsor Castle

The delivery van would also deliver around local towns such as Marlow, shown here with John driving seated next to the china shop owner Mr Leslie Jones.


John Seear and Leslie Jones exercising the horses in Windsor
Leslie Jones and John Seear out exercising the horses


The delivery van appeared at Royal Windsor Horse Show, in their trade class, shown below with a team of horses.


The Token House delivery van  at Royal Windsor Horse Show
The Token House delivery van at Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Token House was located at 26 High Street, Windsor, where The Glorious Britain gift shop is now located.

We found a picture of Her Majesty Queen Mary (Great Grandmother to Our King) visiting The Token House in Windsor.



Queen Mary visits The Token House in Windsor
Queen Mary visits The Token House in Windsor


His Majesty King Charles III also stopped by to chat with Windsor Coachman John Seear on one of his rounds, pictured below.


King Charles III visits Windsor Carriages
King Charles III visits Windsor Carriages

Thank you for reading.






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