Download the history of Pollards Nursery in the Lea Valley for an insight into how food was produced through the war years.
Carters (Horse & Cart) would leave the nursery in the early evening with a full load of produce: they would arrive at Covent Garden around midnight. The horse would then be fed while the master would slake his thirst at one of the all night pubs. They would start their return journey in the small hours and Jim Tulley relates a frequent and typical happening:
The carter would be liabile to dose off and a Policeman to teach him a lesson would turn the horse round and head him back to London.
The horse however was used to this trick and had no wish to have his journey prolonged. so after a few hundred yards would turn back again in the right direction, all this, as like it not, without the carter even waking up!