Hertfordshire Mercury, 1st June 1918
At Cheshunt Petty Sessions, Henry Dowding and John Cowling, both of Poplar, were summoned for overloading three horses at Hoddesdon on the 16th May.
Inspector Moles said that he was In Amwell Street when he saw the three horses attached to a heavy furniture pantechnicon. All the horses appeared to be exhausted, and one of them was nothing but a skeleton. The load that they had to draw was about 3 tons. He told the defendants that the horses were unable to pull the load, and Cowling said “If I had known it was so far, I should not have brought them. We started away from Bengeo at 1.00 p.m. and I had to get a pull-up at every hill we came to.
Inspector Ellis of the RSPCA said that, in his opinion, the load was much more than the horses could draw.
The defendants were each fined one guinea.