A brief history the knackering industry
Knacker’s yards have been in operation for hundreds of years. In fact, our great, great grandfather, Michael Caine, started what is now F.M. Caine and Sons in 1919 after returning from the Great War. Upon his return a local man offered him his business, only asking for £10 for the horse and cart. Another businessman paid the £10 in recognition of our grandfather’s service for King and Country and he then began working around the Longmynd in Shropshire. Traditionally, the Knackerman travelled about by horse and cart, collecting sick, injured, or deceased animals for disposal. Many of the collections were horses, as most people owned and used them as working animals and they were the main form of transport.