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Transportation during the Regency
 

January 2017 ----- My Regency World of transportation is continuing at Pinterest; see my latest research finds at https://www.pinterest.com/lesleyannemcl/my-regency-world-transportation/

 
My Latest Research Discoveries 2015
Patent Landau from Ackermann's Repository of Arts, February 1809
Farm Cart - wood cut
Elliott's Patent Eccentric Landaulet or Chariot from Ackermann's Repository of Arts, November 1809
Fashionable Barouche with Ackermann's Patent Moveable Axles from Repository of Arts, January 1820   Russian Droschki from Ackermann's Repository of Arts, August 1820
 
There were no 'planes, trains or automobiles' in Regency days so the vast majority of the populace walked to their destinations. If they could afford a horse, they rode:
 

 

   
   

The heavy horse (above right) was the key to the myriad of carts, wagons, coaches and carriages in the Regency world.
Transportation was based on whatever that heavy horse, in team with others, could pull.

   
The two coaches above are both Austrian.
The Landau on the left dates from 1825; the Phaeton on the right is earlier dated to 1815
There are few Regency coaches extant. There were major changes in coach design in the mid-1800's
and older coaches were rapidly discarded or altered to meet the new, more comfortable designs.
Below is a useful illustration of coach basics, after the developmental of the elliptical spring.

A curricle
A phaeton (detail from a Stubbs painting)
Two-wheeled carriages in woodcuts
 
A bretcha
A landaulet
A light phaeton
A travelling chariot
   
A coach and six
A post chaise
A variety of carts, gigs, tilburies and whiskies were becoming available.
Here on the left, a cocking cart, and on the right a curate-cart
 
There were still venerable methods of transportation (left below) and those born of necessity (right below):
A 'Bath' or invalid chair,
forerunner of our modern wheelchair
A 'sedan chair' carried by two 'chairmen'
 
But the ingenious were always developing new methods of transporation.
The 'hobby horse' or velocipede was a brand-new invention of the Regency.
 
And of course change was in the air. The future was fast approaching...