1900 - 1930
Pair of large leather boots worn by horses. Until the introduction of powered mowing machines, horse-drawn ‘gang mowers’ were used to maintain large areas of turf. Boots like these were fitted to the horses to prevent their hooves from damaging the lawns as they worked.
Up until the 1930s these boots were worn on the hooves of the horses that worked in the grounds of Stockport’s Vernon Park. Gang mowers are rarely pulled by horses today as tractors are more commonly used.