Regency Era Transportation
I read quite a few Regency Era romance novels. There is always a mention of a horse drawn coach or carriage in every book, since these were the typical mode of transportation for the gentry and aristocracy. The poor folks had to rely on walking. Instead of wondering about what these vehicles looked like, I did a little research and thought perhaps you would like to see what they looked like also. I got these pictures from Google Images and Bing Images, any errors I’m dumping at their feet. 🙂
Phaeton– This one was very popular with the rakish fellas because it was so high, a ladder was often needed to get onto the seat, and it got them noticed. It also was dangerous, it could easily tip over, that made it attractive to the daredevils. There was no side protection so mud splatters were to be expected.
Curricle– Another fashionable carriage for the gentleman. It was light weight and speedy.
Barouche– A popular summer carriage for the wealthy. It had a hood over one of the seats.
Landau– This one came in at the end of the Regency Era. It was expensive and very showy, perfect for being seen in the park. (although to my mind not as elegant as the Barouche)
Town Coach– Similar to a Landau but with a hard roof. It was also called a ‘Closed Carriage”. The nobility often put their coat of arms on the door.
Mail Coach– this needs little explanation. It traveled the roads delivering the mail across England and those who wished to travel from one place to another could purchase a seat.
Dog Cart– It was not a cart pulled by dogs. It was a carriage used on estates that could hold the hunting dogs being transported to a hunt.
Hackney Coach– The taxi cab of London in the 1800’s.