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Waggoners

Above: An old waggon standing outside the Georgian Waggon and Horses pub at Great Yeldham, in Essex. The waggon was in a very poor state. The back axle was rotting and had to be supported. The front wheels were missing. … Continue reading

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Milestone at Bow Road

Above: Milestone on the north side of Bow Road. The subject of milestones is an interesting one – probably more interesting than you might think. Many people believe that milestones were an early form of way-marking for those using the … Continue reading

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Mayfair Inns from Yesterday

Above: The most unusual name of the six described in this article. Mayfair is not short of pubs. There are about 30 pubs in the area, some modern and some old. This blog concentrates on what were probably coaching inns … Continue reading

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The Stage Coach Arrives at the Inn

Above: ‘Halt at the Inn’ by John Maggs. Some of the most evocative coaching scenes ever painted were by John Charles Maggs (1819-1896). He was born in Bath and lived his whole life there although he travelled to many other … Continue reading

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Coaching Inns and Traveller’s Tales

Above: The yard of the Christopher Inn, Borough High Street, at night. Have you ever stayed in a Georgian coaching inn? In order to do that you need to find a small hotel that is still using the original premises. … Continue reading

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Coffee Houses in Central London

Above: Looking along the yard of the Old Bell Inn, Holborn. These days it would seem that it is impossible to walk down the road without the need to buy a cup of coffee. Even in a small shopping area, … Continue reading

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London Cab Stand

Above: Painting by John Charles Dollman (1851-1934) showing a London cab stand with hansom cabs, growlers (four-wheelers with luggage space on the roof) and horses waiting for their drivers. This is an intriguing painting from many points of view. Although … Continue reading

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