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1869: London to Brighton stage coach has a 'very smart' team

Tunbridge Wells Journal - Thursday 06 May 1869



On Saturday afternoon the stage coach passed through the town on the first down journey from London to Brighton, fully loaded inside and out. They had a very smart team, the off leader and wheeler being greys, and the near horses bays, putting up at the King's Head Hotel, but not changing in the town. The stages are rather long ones, the first out of Brighton being at Friars Oak, the next at Staplefield Common, the third at Lowfield Heath, after which they change, we believe, twice before reaching London.

Carriage passing Church Street c1890 (colourised)

But as they only run up three days and down three days in the week, the horses have no return work to do. The appointments seem very complete, and they are said to be capitally horsed thoughout.


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