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Written by JulieW
(9/19/2006 6:02 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Post carriage, penned by Maisy
A bespoke coach commissioned from a fashionalbe London maker like William Felton of Leather Lane Holbourn was a very expensive item.
Let me quote you some figures from his book A Treatise on Carriages(1794):
A Plain Perch coach £133 9 shillings.
An Ornamented Town Coach £188 19 shillings
A Landau £185 16shillings 6 pence
A Travelling Coach £201 1 shilling 6 pence
A Plain Post Chaise £115 3 shillings 6 pence
A Neat Town Chariot £192 13 shillings
In London you could buy second hand carriages at Tattersalls Repository, whihc was situated at Hyde Park Corner.(I'll ask Myretta to put up a picture I have by Rowlandson of the aucions held there later).
Let me quote from Ackerman's The Microcosm of London:
This place so well known and so generally frequented is situated ner Hyde Park Corner . It was established in the year 1773 by Mr Richard Tattersall...for the reception and sale by auction of horses, carraiges, coach harnesses, hounds etc...The days of teh sale are Monday and Thursday during the winter season and on Mondays only in the summer. On the mornings when there is no sale this repository is a fashionable lounge for sporting gentlemen...These spacious premises contian accommodation for one hundred and twenty horses, a large number of carraiges and coach harnesses as well as a commodious kennel for hounds...
Does this answer your query,Maisy? I can't say how much Mrs Dashwood's carraige would fetch in an auction,but it would be cheaper for her to hire a carraige and horses when making jounreys, than keeping one at home.
For not only did she have to pay a yearly tax on the carraige ,feed and stable the horse, and pay a yearly tax on them(see my post to Tracy W here), she would also have to pay tax on the male groom needed to look after the horses and also keep and feed him!
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