On this day in 1892, John Walker was convicted of driving the fastest milkcart in Southsea.
Walker, a milkman, of East Street, appeared before magistrates charged with ‘furious driving’ in Blackfriars Road.
Inspector Moss identified the defendant as the driver of a four-wheeled milk van. He was ‘holding the reins loosely and the horse was at stretch gallop’ in a road where there were children around.
Walker said the horse ran away with him, but his story was not believed and he was fined 10 shillings (50p) – John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.