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The Old Coaching Days in Yorkshire Tom Bradley

The Old Coaching Days in Yorkshire

Tom Bradley

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This historic volume about the English transportation system was published in 1889.From the books Preface:The original articles which constitute this small work appearedfrom time to time in the Yorkshire Weekly Post. During theirprogress cameMoreThis historic volume about the English transportation system was published in 1889.From the books Preface:The original articles which constitute this small work appearedfrom time to time in the Yorkshire Weekly Post. During theirprogress came numerous demands from many and variousplaces for their re-publication in a concise and collectiveform, and those demands are chiefly responsible for thepresent issue. The work has been considerably augmented,the main object being to keep some record of the oldYorkshire coaching times, before the few remaining menwho were connected with them shall have put on theskid for the last time and have passed off the road oflife forever................................................................................Excerpts: It was a charming evening : mild and bright. Thefour greys skimmed along as if they liked it - the bugle wasin as high spirits as the greys - the coachman chimed in,sometimes, with his voice - the wheels hummed cheerfully inunison - the brass work on the harness was an orchestra oflittle bells - and thus, as they went clinking, jingling, rattlingsmoothly on, the whole concern, from the buckles of theleaders coupling reins to the handle of the hind boot, wasone great instrument of music. Yoho, past hedges, gates, and trees - past cottages andbarns, and people going home from work. Yoho, pastdonkey-chaises, drawn aside into the ditch, and empty cartswith rampant horses, whipped up at a bound upon the littlewater-course, and held by struggling carters close to the five-barred gate, until the coach had passed the narrow turning inthe road. Yoho, by churches dropped down by themselves inquiet nooks, with rustic burial grounds about them, where thegraves are green, and the daisies sleep — for it is evening — onthe bosoms of the dead. Yoho, past streams, in which cattlecool their feet, and where the rushes grow - past paddock-fences, farms, and rick -yards - past last years stacks, cut,slice by slice, away, and showing, in the waning light, likeruined gables, old and brown. Yoho, down the pebbly dip,and through the merry water-splash, and up at a canter tothe level road again. Yoho ! Yoho !..............................................................................Stage coaches did not commence to run until 1640, buttheir advent was not marked by any particular rapidity ofprogress, as more than twenty years later there were only sixstages running in the whole of England.In showing the progress of stage coaching so far asthe county of Yorkshire is concerned, the earliest mention tobe found of stages running through Yorkshire dates fromabout eighteen years after their first introduction into Eng-land, as will be seen from the following copy of an oldadvertisement : —From the 26 April, 1658 there will continue to goStage Coaches from the George Inn without AldersgateLondon into the several Cities and Towns for the ratesand at the times hereafter mentioned and declaredEvery Monday Wednesday and Friday.To Salisbury in two days for XX.s. and Exeter infour days for XI.s.To York in four days for XI.s.Once every fortnight to Edinburgh for IV.I. apeece...............................