If your requirements are on a smaller scale, such as moving from a one or two bedroom flat in London or a few items such as furniture, clothes… or documents, or maybe you just need an item collected from an auction house, London shop or friends and delivered to your workplace or home, then our Man with a Van Services are just right for you.
We are fully aware that the cost of a removal lorry can be rather expensive when you only have a few bits to move, and as we generally aware most people don’t feel as confident in a man and van service as much as they would with a removal company, we decided to combine our knowledge and know-how to come up with a solution that elevates this security and trust concern, by simply integrating the quality and attention to detail provided with our removals into our Man and van hire London Service, insuring the highest care and quality of care, no matter which service you choose or require. One of our professional team will be their to help organise the project, your items safety and your satisfaction is in our best interest and at the forefront of all that we provide.
The Concise History of Man and Van Removals
The Mesopotamia Man & Van Service:
It is astonishing to think that Man and Van Removals have been around since the Mesopotamians, that is over some 5500 years ago! Of course the first steps into building the van was certainly a long way off, but all of our modern day motorised vehicles from trains, planes and automobiles have not only many things in common with our ancient counterparts, but had it have not have been for one fundamental discovery by the Mesopotamia we would most definitely not be living in the society that we do currently today, and that discovery, was the ‘wheel’.
Okay, though the wheel was discovered so early on, the functionality of the wheel of 3500BC needed let say, ‘a little more refining’. Originally tree logs were used, with a number of logs placed under a big heavy object and then rolled, later a sledge was used over the top of the logs to help create a smoother surface for the object being transported and to prevent damage from bumping up and down on the uneven logs, even still attempting to move these logs was not easy, but someone discovered that by creating large grooves/gaps in the logs, in effect a line of many wheels, created less friction and therefore it was even easier to manoeuvre, this understandably became the preferred method of transportation for our pre-historic man and van counterparts, but regardless without the sledge being attached to the logs our pre-historic man with a van team had difficulty in transporting their goods with the increased chance of them being damaged in transit, as one or two logs would decided to roll off in a different direction or the sledge decided to find a gap directly in the middle of the logs…. Not long after many a causality the birth of an axle and wooden pegs were made to keep both sledge and logs firmly in place and prevent loss and or damage, in turn creating the first every carts.
Now, we cannot just thank the Mesopotamian’s for creating the wheel or for the first form of wheel based transportation as they are also believed to have been the first to put an engine into their removal vans, well a horse at least attached to a cart, in fact the Mesopotamians are supposedly the first humans to have tamed and ridden horses, so combining their two discoveries they built smaller carts, which became carriages to transport goods, people and live stock as well as for war, building and exploration.
Greek and Roman Removals
Over thousands of years later in Greece not a lot had actually changed in the design of the carriage but in refinement of the wheel and carriage itself. Examples of these ancient Man and Van equivalents have been scattered across Europe in France, Germany, Greece, UK, Italy… it is not until approximately 750 BC in Greece that we start to see carriages/chariots being used as every day street vehicles, however they were never practical for long distances due to the rocky and bumpy terrain, the Greek chariots much like those of their rivals the Roman’s did not have suspension, so they were not good for your long distance man and van services, but instead of looking at ways to modify the chariots to compensate the bumpy ride, the Greeks just like the Romans in 600BC built roads for their men with vans instead, not a bad thing, but a lot more work than making a few springs.
The Middle Ages Man and Van Removals
After the decline of the Roman Empire in the 5th up until the early 16th century, technology also declined and people pretty much did away with the carriage as a means of transportation, the unmaintained Roman roads became too dangerous and bumpy for this means of transport and it was not until the 16th century that the man and van service resurrected once more
Renaissance Man and Van Companies
By the 16th century, closed carriages returned as a method of travel, in Hungary it was believed that King Matthias commissioned a engineer to build him a cart that though was adjoining the frame and axle was somehow suspended to illuminate a proportion of the bumpyness in the ride. Of course being a king his wish was his command, we have no idea how many engineers were killed in the process of making the kings first suspension based vehicle, but we do know that no horses were harmed in the making! King Matthias’s cart had a body that was suspended by leather straps acting as a spring adjoining the axle, which adjoined the wheels.
So the horse drawn carriage was born, again! Amazingly we see little change again until the travel revolution of the early 1900’s
The horse drawn carriage again captured the public imagination. Thus, we see carriages figuring prominently fairy tales as Charles Perrault’s 1697 compilation of classic fairy tales such as Cinderella, in which a downtrodden beauty is whisked away to a ball in a pumpkin that has been transformed into an elegant coach.
The Man & Van Travel Revolution
By the first decade of 1900’s virtually every single vehicle on the roads of London was horse-drawn. Well in excess of 300,000 horses were needed to keep the city on the move, hauling everything from taxis, carriages, delivery vans, food, clothing, medicines, milk… but by 1915 approximately 100 years ago, the motor engine became reliable and quickly more and more businesses and individuals turned to this new means of power for their transportation doing away altogether with the horse and cart, but giving birth to the modern day Man and Van Services.
We are a Man and Van Service like no other, so, why wait another minute longer, when you can contact one of our teams today with the confidence and knowledge that you have just chosen your move wisely!
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