Cranford Crystal – Lower Loxley’s Shire Horse

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On her wedding day, Kirsty will be taken from Lower Loxley to St Stephen’s in Ambridge in a haycart pulled by Lower Loxley’s Shire horse, Cranford Crystal.

In case you’ve forgotten about ‘Crannie’, here’s a little reminder.

It started in 2007, when Lower Loxley hosted a Shire horse display. Nigel Pargetter immediately thought that they should have a heavy horse of their own. To his surprise, Elizabeth quickly agreed.

Nigel took advice from their rare breeds specialist Toby, who’d had experience with heavy horses. He then did a short course. Nigel learned to fit the harness and plough set, and got the hang of traditional ploughing.

In November, Nigel bought Cranford Crystal, a four year old Shire filly. She was almost 17 hands, a gentle giant with a placid temperament and wonderful feathered legs.

Crannie was not simply to be a visitor attraction, though. She hauled timber in the woodland, and to the biomass boiler that the Pargetters later installed. She was also used for hoeing between the vines that produced Lower Loxley wine. Joe Grundy would often visit to offer advice.

In 2008, Nigel bought a 1940s hay wagon. This is to be Kirsty’s wedding transport.

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer.

Information about Shire horses from the Shire Horse Society

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by Gumrat

    on 23 Apr 2014 18:34

    Sorry, this is not apt to the above discussion, but I just wondered why Helen's birthday went completely unmentioned in all the stupidity about the wedding? Surely her brother Tom, at least, would have remebered it and wished her many happy reurns, if nothing else, when he spoke to her on the day?

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by Davidandtim

    on 22 Apr 2014 22:01

    Thanks for the memories. I hope that those rushing towards us will be good ones, but I have a terrible feeling...

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by Miri

    on 22 Apr 2014 20:49

    Hear hear!
    Miriam

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by Smartgran

    on 22 Apr 2014 17:03

    A terrible mistake that mustn't be repeated thank you!

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by RosieT

    on 21 Apr 2014 11:32

    Didn't Nigel have Krystal carry him at his funeral?

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Alison

    on 21 Apr 2014 08:08

    I miss Nigel too, we need some light heartedness

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Nemo399

    on 17 Apr 2014 11:38

    Nice blog, but it's a thousand pities that (thanks to she-who-must-not-be-named) Nigel won't be around to see Cranford Crystal pulling the wedding hay-wagon next week! Boo, boo and again boo!

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