Worshipful Company of Carmen

scite, cito, certe — skilfully, swiftly, surely
Carmen Cart Marking

Transport through the ages.



This is a free spectator event and is the second largest event in the city of London after The Lord Mayor’s Show.

You will see a selection of some of the most interesting and finest vehicles throughout the ages. 

The ceremony dates back over 500 years with vehicles ranging from handcarts, horse and carts, steam engines, steam powered vehicles, Military vehicles, multicycles, historic and vintage vehicles, specialist vehicles, new and old, and even the latest electric and fusion powered vehicles. 

The vehicles will set off from Smithfield Market and make their way to the Guildhall Yard. As they pass through the Guildhall Arch, commentators tell the history of each vehicle.  Once the vehicle is in position at the far end of the yard, the Sheriffs, assisted by the Master of the Worshipful Company of Carmen, will brand the vehicle with a hot branding iron, known as “Cart Marking”.

Each vehicle is marked with a letter or symbol which depicts that it is fit to ply for trade or hire for the forthcoming year. 

The Sheriffs and the Master Carman, with the Court of Assistants, are dressed in their robes for the ceremony. 

Just as it was in 1835, the fee for having your vehicle marked is “five shillings”.

The event usually lasts for almost two hours and programmes showing all entries may be purchased on the day. 

Further information on the history of Cart Marking can be found on the history tab / the Cart Marking story on the Carmen website or click here

To see a video of 2017 Cart Marking click here:

For information on how to become a member and get your vehicle marked click here:

This year Cart Marking will take place on Saturday 18 September 2021  commencing from Smithfield Market at 10:30am the ceremony of Marking the Carts will start at 10:45 to 12:30 in Guildhall Yard, City of London.