PACKHORSES AND WHEELED VEHICLES IN ENGLAND, 1550-1800. IN: ROAD TRANSPORT IN THE HORSE-DRAWN ERA

The decline of packhorse carriages and the introduction and spread of wagons were among the most significant changes in pre-railway road transport. They were also among the most obscure. Historians have been united in regarding conveyance by wagon as considerably superior to that by packhorse, and in seeing a link between improved roads and greater use of wagons, but have generally provided little more information. This article seeks to dispel some of that obscurity, both through new evidence and through a better understanding of the economies of carriage by road. The evidence used here relates almost exclusively to the London carriers, not only because they are the best documented part of the carrying trade but because there are advantages in concentrating on a single type of road traffic. All carriers mentioned in this article were London carriers unless the contrary is indicated.

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    • Originally published in Journal of Transport History, 3rd series, vol. XIV, no. 1 (1993) pp. 1-26.
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    Ashgate Publishing Company

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  • Authors:
    • Gerhold, D
  • Publication Date: 1996

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00794146
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1859283004
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 2 2000 12:00AM