Timeline

1760

Barouche

The Barouche is introduced into England. The travelling style of Barouche was designed for long distances. In addition to the folding head, this carriage had a folding wooden apron known as a water deck and a screen of small glazed windows to protect the occupants from the elements, all of which could be folded away during fine weather.

A Travelling Barouche on display at the National Trust Carriage Museum

1784

'Post' haste

Royal Mail Coach introduced by the Post Office to speed up mail deliveries.

1805

A day's travel

The coach journey from Barnstaple to Taunton took about 14 hours.