Coaches criss-crossed the entire country. They travelled North, South, East and West. Many routes began and ended in London but others connected provincial towns - Norwich to Birmingham, for example. To give you an idea how many coaches there were on the roads of England in the mid 1800s, these are the towns you could travel to from coaching inns in London.

Often, you would travel to one town and change to another coach for the next leg of your journey - just as we do today. The only difference is that, at stage coach speeds, you might well choose to make overnight stops on the way, whilst we generally expect to make even the longest journeys within a day.

The list below contains 279 towns. To see which London Inn you would start from for each town, check out the page entitled “Some Famous London Inns”. The scene at the start of your journey would have looked something like this:-

Aberdeen, Aberystwyth, Aldborough, Andover, Anglesey, Arbroath, Arundel, Ashby de la Zouch, Ashford, Axminster, Aylesbury, Banbury, Bangor, Barking, Barnet, Barnsley, Barton Mills, Basingstoke, Bath, Battle, Berkhamstead, Birmingham, Bishop Auckland, Bishops Stortford, Blackburn, Bradford, Braintree, Brentwood, Brighton, Bristol, Bromley, Burnley, Burton-on-Trent, Bury, Bury St Edmunds, Camelford, Canterbury, Cardiff, Carlisle, Carnavon, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Cheshunt, Chester, Chesterfield, Chichester, Chigwell, Chippenham, Colchester, Colne, Coventry, Cowes, Cromer, Croydon, Dagenham, Darlington, Darlington, Dartford, Dartmouth, Daventry, Devonport, Douglas, Dover, Downham, Dublin, Dudley, Dunstable, Durham, East Ham, Eastbourne, Edgware, Edinburgh, Edmonton, Egham, Ely, Epping, Epsom, Esher, Eton, Exeter, Fakenham, Falkirk, Falmouth, Fishguard, Folkstone, Forfar, Froom, Fulham, Glasgow, Gloucester, Gosport, Gravesend, Grays, Greenwich, Grimsby, Guildford, Halifax, Hampstead, Harlow,, Harrogate, Harrowon on the Hill, Hartlepool, Harwich, Hastings, Havant, Hemel Hempstead, Henley, Hereford, Hertford, Holmes Chapel, Holyhead, Hornchurch, Hounslow, Huddersfield, Hull, Huntingdon, Ilford, Inverness, Ipswich, Kendall, Kew, Kidderminster, Kilmarnock, Kirby Lonsdale, Kirkaldy, Knaresborough, Knutsford, Lancaster, Leatherhead, Leeds, Leek, Leicester, Leighton Buzzard, Lewes, Lewisham, Lincoln, Litchfield, Liverpool, Lowestoft, Ludlow, Lynn, Macclesfield, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Malmsbury, Manchester, Margate, Marlborough, Melton Mowbray, Milford Haven, Minehead, Mitcham, Monmouth, Montrose, Nantwich, Newark, Newbury, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Newmarket, Newport Pagnall, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Oakham, Oldham, Oxford, Padstow, Paisley, Pembroke, Penzance, Perth, Peterborough, Peterhead, Petworth, Plaistow, Plymouth, Pontefract, Poole, Portsmouth, Potteries, Preston, Ramsgate, Rayleigh, Reading, Reigate, Rickmansworth, Ripon, Rochester, Romford, Rotherham, Rugby, Salisbury, Scarborough, Selkirk, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Sheffield, Shepperton, Shepton Mallet, Sherborne, Shrewsbury, Sidmouth, Sittingbourne, Skipton, Sleaford, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, St Albans, St Austell, Stamford, Stanstead, Stevenage, Stilton, Stirling, Stockport, Stockton on Tees, Stockton upon Tees, Stoke, Stokenchurch, Stourbridge, Stow on the Wold, Stranraer, Stratford upon Avon, Stratford,, Streatham, Stroud, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Swansea, Swindon, Tamworth, Taunton, Teignmouth (Devon), Tewkesbury, Thetford, Thirsk, Tipton, Tiverton, Tooting, Totnes, Tottenham, Towcester, Trowbridge, Truro, Tunbridge, Twickenham, Ulverstone, Upminster, Wakefield, Walsall, Waltham Abbey, Walthamstow, Walton on Thames, Ware, Warminster, Warrington, Warwick, Watford Wendover, Wells, Wells, Welwyn, Wentworth, Wetherby, Weymouth, Whitehaven, Wigan, Wimborne, Winchester, Windsor, Wisbech, Woburn, Wolverhampton, Woodbridge, Worcester, Worksop, Wrexham, Wrotham, Yarmouth, York.


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Section 2:

The Age of Coaching

Introduction

‍ The world of long-distance coach travel

Beginning to End
How long did the Great Age of Coaching Last?

Travel in the Coaching Age
The world of coach travel - surprisingly familiar; just slower and wetter

Where Could You Go?

A list of destinations which is remarkably familiar to the modern day traveller

London Coaching Inns

We’re familiar with railway termini but what were the departure points like in the Age of Coaching?

Famous London Coaching Inns

‍ Here are most of the coaching departure points in London, together withe here you could travel to from each one

Inns and Politics

An example of how politics influenced attitudes in some inns along the road

The Battle of Barnet

Not a war, just passengers trying to grab a bite to eat on the road

The Coachmen

‍ Coach drivers were an elite group, but as the coaching age declined, they lost their importance

Shouldering

Illegal, but overlooked by the proprietors, this was a coachman’s perk

William Chaplin

William was one of the most successful coach proprietors - and he survived the move to railways

Accidents

Coach travel was not without risk. Here are some reported  coach accidents

The Royal Mail

The story of the Mail Coaches, how the mail evolved and what they were like

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Go to Living Memories

Anecdotes written by people who actually travelled on the coaches

Go to the Age of Coaching

The coachmen, the inns, the coach proprietors - they’re all here. Come in and meet them

Go to the Roads

Britain’s roads were pretty impassable for most of our history.  Coach travel was very difficult until they improved

Go to The Coaches

Wheeled transport evolved over many years. Find out how coaches developed

Go to Home Page

Home Page of the Coaching Website

Background

Sources and information about how I came to create this website