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|Post chaise( or chariot)
Written by JulieW
(12/2/2006 4:20 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Shades of Love & Friendship, penned by Robbin
Here is a descriptionof a post-chaise (or chariot) from William Felton's bookA Treatise on Carriages(1795). William Felton was a master carraige maker,and his book was the first comprehensive book on carriages ever to be written:
A Post-chaise is a carriage intended only for expeditious travellling,and,for a close carriage is the most pleasant; the view in front not being obstructed by a coach-box not the draught impeded by any cumbersome weight:lightness and simplicity are the principals on which this carraige ought to be built, if intended for post work only...
Chariots are built exactly the same way as Post-Chaises, but are only so called from having an uniform coach box, intended for town use, and are usually built stronger than would be necessary for a Post-Chaise, though frequently used for both purposes, and are then built between the two proportions; for small families,where only one carriage is kept, a Chariot,with a moveable coach-box,is to be preferred, being lighter ,and more pleasant to ride in a coach.
Here's is a link to the story of the fabulous recreation of teh journey of the Trafalgar Despatch Route, which I saw with my husband and family on holiday in 2005,which shows the post chaise used.
If you watch MP1 you will note that Fanny rides in a post chiase or chariot at one point;-)
|The Trafalgar Dispatch|
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