TRAVEL IN THE PAST

The Problems and Pleasures of the Journey

Travel in the past was not easy, and Sussex was notorious for its bad roads, particularly in the clay regions of the Weald.Jumping the Toll It was not until the mid-eighteenth century, when Turnpike Acts improved the county’s roads, that journeys became less of a problem. This talk, taking in regions around London and further afield, looks at horses, coaches and plenty of Sussex mud. It will make you glad that you have a car, or can catch a bus or a train. Even walking could be better than coach travel in the 17th century.

Coming down Cuckfield Hill 1876 Janet Pennington

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