Hello, again, my dearies!
As we already know Regency, though beloved, was not an easy era. This, of course, also includes transportation. Only the good society had the money and means for each family to have its own carriage. It is not much different from our era, does it?
So, as there is not a single novel that does not even mention a carriage, I have decided to write these articles for you, to help you get a better picture of them while reading your favorite regency romance!
In my previous article, we talked about eight different Regency Era Carriage Types. Here we will discover ten more of these great vehicles of the era.
If you are interested in learning more then, my dear, keep reading!
The barouche was a vehicle suitable for spring and summer trips to the lush parks of the Regency era. Its main feature was its collapsible hood which provided passengers from exposure to sun-damaging skin.
A lightweight, comfortable and modern vehicle, pulled by a pair of well-bred horses.
This particular vehicle called “Break (Brake)” was an off-road vehicle. Up to six sportsmen with their dogs and their guns were boarded at the Shooting Break, and there was also a luggage compartment.
Its main feature was the rear entrance and the seats facing each other. Sometimes this vehicle was also hooded but this was not necessarily the norm.
The Dog-Cart was a vehicle designed to transport 4 sportsmen and their dogs.
Lightweight, two-wheeled vehicle with deep trunk with Venetian sides suitable for driving. It is often associated with another similar vehicle, the Pony Cart.
The hackneys were coaches or carriages for hire. The word haquenée is said to be the precursor of its name, which in French means horse for hire.
They were not favored by the nobles and aristocrats of the time, because of the dirty, in poor condition of their frequent use and of their interior.
Another special vehicle of the time was the Landau. It was four-wheeled, but its main characteristic was its hood.
It was divided into two separate sections so that it could move independently according to the needs of its passengers.
The Mail Coaches were the vehicles used by the Post services. They were traveling on a continuous basis, responsibly carrying passengers, mail, and parcels.
They had six horses that alternated at predetermined points in order to be constantly fresh and healthy for their painful, continuous and demanding journeys.
The Phaeton was a light four-wheeled vehicle. It was low and open, and it was usually pulled by two horses.
There was also the “high perch”, a more sporty version of the Phaeton, which is mentioned in novels because of their more important and adventurous nature. They were named after the mythical Phaetõn, the son of the God of the sun, who drove his father’s chariot that carried the fiery sphere, with devastating consequences. Judging by the name of the vehicle, it was quite precarious and was preferred by the more risky individuals!
The Pony Cart was the original version of the Dog-cart. Its name refers to a vehicle that was pulled by a single pony.
Normally it was a small, light-duty, easy-to-use vehicle that was intended to carry up to two passengers.
The sleigh was a winter vehicle with sandals instead of wheels so that it can move in the snow. Protective reinforcement was needed at the front to prevent the snow from falling from the horses’ step to the driver and passengers.
Like most vehicles of the era, it was driven from the front. But in order to move comfortably the front needed to be raised, so the groom would often sit in the rear rumble seat to add weight.
The Stage Coach was a large and heavy vehicle with a closed cabin. These types of coaches were usually pulled by at least two pairs of horses because of their weight.
Their purpose was to transfer people and their luggage, usually on pre-arranged routes. Because of the heavy load and the long distances they made, the horses alternated at specific points on the route.
Well, my dear, this is it!
This article’s purpose was to enrich your knowledge regarding the vehicles that existed during our lovely Regency Era…I hope you found it interesting and that you have learned a lot!
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Written by Scarlett Osborne