Coach Roads question
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"Lewes and Brighthelmstone—new machine to hold four persons, by Charley, sets out by the `George Inn,' in the Haymarket, St. James's at six o'clock in the morning, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, in one day to the `Star' at Lewes, and the `Old Ship' at Brighthelmstone, and returns from there every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Inside passengers to Lewes to pay thirteen shillings; to Brighthelmstone, sixteen shillings. To be allowed fourteen pounds weight of baggage, all above to pay one penny per pound." This site has an explanation of the Coaching Days: http://www.oldandsold.com/articles25/railroads-1.shtml
"Comp Lane byway, also known as the Old Coach Road, was once part of the main route between Lewes and Eastbourne before the introduction of the A27. The underhill road remains particularly discernible between Berwick and Firle..." See: http://sussex.greatbritishlife.co.uk/article/a-stroll-through-the-south-downs--p...
Very evocative photo at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/worthingwanderer/5311995834/ I can almost see the coach travelling along that road!
More photos: http://www.yumping.co.uk/trails/4x4/easy-off-roading-on-the-old-coach-road--r471
And here is a book Turnpike Territory : A guide to the Old Coach Road etc (no touchstone result) See: http://www.tyrrellsussexbooks.com/books_4.php
A review of that book and a bit more info here: http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/local/following-the-wagons-trails-through-su...
I need to have Mary spend the night on the way from London to Eastbourne and this is perfect. Now I am unstuck!