NOSTALGIA: The family that went together... just like a horse and carriage

Roy Madgwick, holding Joey,  with his two brothers-in-law John and Harry Marsh. They were delivering  fruit and veg on the fledgling Highbury estate, Cosham.
Roy Madgwick, holding Joey, with his two brothers-in-law John and Harry Marsh. They were delivering fruit and veg on the fledgling Highbury estate, Cosham.

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When George Madgwick came to see me to help clear up a previous Remember When query about horses in Portsmouth, he brought with him a series of marvellous family pictures.

The Madgwick family has been synonymous with horses through much of the last century, a tradition which continues to this day.

A Sunday morning trip around town - Shorty the Shetland pony pulling seven Madgwick children in a tub trap on what George Madgwick says was a typical Sunday morning jaunt around Portsmouth.

A Sunday morning trip around town - Shorty the Shetland pony pulling seven Madgwick children in a tub trap on what George Madgwick says was a typical Sunday morning jaunt around Portsmouth.

George says: ‘Grandfather William, who was known as Old Pots, started with the horses and trolleys doing haulage to and from Portsmouth and Fratton goods yards for distribution around the town.

‘Later his four sons, George, Jack, Lenny and Sidney came on board and expanded into fruit and vegetable door-to-door deliveries all around the Portsmouth area.’

He adds: ‘At weekends the younger children would show jump or drive traps in local gymkhanas.

‘Three of the younger children, all brothers, became jockeys winning races on all the local race tracks. Their father Michael still trains racehorses successfully at his Denmead stables.

Roy Madgwick holding his daughter Jacqueline with a cup won at the Southsea Show.

Roy Madgwick holding his daughter Jacqueline with a cup won at the Southsea Show.

‘His younger brother Kevin is renowned for his coaches and horses, doing weddings, funerals, prom nights and other occasions.’

Here are the first of George’s pictures. More next week.

George Madgwicks dad, also George, with his show horse and trap. In the background are the family stables which were just behind All Saints Church. It later became the Landport Liberal Club when the area was developed and is now a car park.

George Madgwicks dad, also George, with his show horse and trap. In the background are the family stables which were just behind All Saints Church. It later became the Landport Liberal Club when the area was developed and is now a car park.

The Madgwick family with their impressive fleet of horses and trollies outside the stables behind All Saints Church, Landport, Portsmouth, about 1949 or 1950.

The Madgwick family with their impressive fleet of horses and trollies outside the stables behind All Saints Church, Landport, Portsmouth, about 1949 or 1950.