‍Section 1: The Age of Coaching

‍This section describes a world of travel before engines were developed. It’s difficult for us to imagine a time when the only motive power was animals. And when we do, we tend to think of a simpler world in which the occasional coach trotted past once a week.

‍The truth was very different. People were just as intelligent and resourceful as we are. They simply didn’t yet have steam, electricity and oil.

‍By the 1800s, a countrywide network of coach routes had developed and you could plan an itinerary and travel from one end of the country to another - just as we do today.

‍It was a world more recognisable than we imagine. Long distance travel was efficient and frequent, the only real differences between then and now were speed and comfort.

‍Maximum speeds, which were reached in the mid 1800s, were ten or eleven miles an hour so a journey from London to Stamford took ten hours instead of one. 

‍But that was the world they lived in and a crack coach timed at ten miles an hour including stoppages was as exhilarating for them as a ride in an intercity train is for us . . . though a lot wetter on a rainy day and much colder in winter!

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‍The following pages begin with the development of coach travel before quickly plunging into a world of living memories written in the late 1800s by people who remembered travelling by coach with fond memories and great nostalgia.

‍Read on and be transported back in time to an age just as exciting as ours but very different . . .

‍Next: Before Coaches

‍Section 1 Menu

‍The Age of Coaching

‍Before Coaches


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‍Coaches to All Parts

‍London to Stamford


‍Driving a Mail Coach

‍Two Short Videos

‍Then and Now


‍An Incident at Wansford


‍Charlies and Hackneys


‍The Peacock at Islington


‍Perils by Water


‍London Coaching Inns


‍Some famous London Inns



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‍Tales of the Road

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‍History of Roads

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‍History of Coaches

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