Railway carriages join the City relics facing the branding iron

THE CITY’S historic Guildhall played host to one of the capital’s more eccentric traditions yesterday.

Every year since 1655 a livery company – the Worshipful Company of Carmen – have gathered in the old Yard wielding red hot branding irons. Not for any sinister reasons, but to put their stamp on various horse-drawn carriages and steam-driven vehicles. A more modern mode of transport – old Metropolitan railway carriage number 353 – this year also met its marker. But with space in mind, it took pride of place at Mansion House station.