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From: Chris Burgoyne <>
Subject: Re: Travel
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 16:37:09 +0000 (GMT Standard Time)

On Tue, 18 Jan 2000, Peter Galbraith wrote:

> Stage coaches in 1880? I don't think so! :-)
> Valerie Galbraith
> Tunbridge Wells, UK

Why not? Maybe not Stage Coaches in the sense of long distance travel
broken up into 15 mile stages for a change of horses. But horse-drawn
coaches certainly. When the railway to Kingsbridge opened in 1896 it put
the coach to the GWR station at Wrangaton (which until that date had been
known as Kingsbridge Road) out of business. The coach continued to serve
outlying places like Salcombe even after 1896. There must have been
similar examples all over the country. How else did you get from your
town to the railway station?

I don't know when the railway reached Torrington - it may well have been
before 1880, but the principle still applies.


Chris Burgoyne

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