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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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Mailcoach in a Snowstorm

Above: Painting by Charles Cooper Henderson of a Mail Coach in the snow. There is no expectation that the snow will become this deep in London – at least, let’s hope not – but if you are wondering how the picture … Continue reading

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Royal Mail Stage Coach at the George Inn

Above: A replica Royal Mail coach, drawn by four horses, leaving the George Inn. On Saturday 18 June a horse-drawn replica mail coach visited the George Inn, Borough High Street, as part of the 500th anniversary celebrations to mark the … Continue reading

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Post Roads and Post Offices

Above: The typical scene of the country Post Office some time around the 1800s. When did post offices start? Where does the name come from? Who used the early mail services? These and other similar question will be answered as … Continue reading

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