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Transportation during the French Revolution
Transcript of Transportation during the French Revolution
Introduced in England during 1782 by John Palmer, a theater owner from Bath, and later extended to serve Norwich, Liverpool, Leeds, Dover, Portsmouth, Poole, Exeter, Gloucester, Worcester, Holyhead, Carlisle and Edinburgh.
A large, heavy vehicle that is drawn by four to six horses at an average speed of four miles an hour.
An elegant carriage that was introduced in the early 18th century in France. It is drawn by four horses with postilions riding two of them. Due to having two postilions there is no coachman thus giving the passengers a great view of the landscape.
Mail coach Fun Facts
Originally carried four passengers inside the mail coach and one next to the driver but eventually allowed two others to sit behind the driver.
A maximum of eight of the more wealthy passengers can fit inside of the stagecoach while less wealthy passengers can sit in a large basket attached to the back. The poorest of the passengers sit on the roof with the luggage and rely on a hand rail to prevent themselves from falling off.
Designed to fit just two passengers that sat side by side, the post chaise was the favored carriage of the French nobility.
Contractors organized fresh horses at stages every 10 to 15 miles along routes.
At some point during October 1816 the Exeter mail was attacked by a lioness that escaped from a traveling circus. The passengers took refuge inside the Pheasant Inn and bolted the door, preventing anyone else from entering.
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The roads were exceptionally unsafe at night so a few roads were lit with torches to keep Highwaymen away.