The Slaugham Archive
Barry Ray Year: 1945 Villages: HandcrossStagecoach at Red Lion, Handcross
A stagecoach awaits departure to Brighton, but a small group of children seem to be more interested in their bikes than the coach.
The swinging pub sign has an elaborate structure to, no doubt, make it more visible to traffic coming down the High Street. Not that the road looks very busy in this picture!
A stagecoach, “The Coburg”, tipped over in Cuckfield in 1819, and of the six injured, one died the following day.
The coach was of the “heavy” type, and shortly afterwards a lighter type was introduced which carried twelve passengers outside and six inside.
In 1881 a London to Brighton stagecoach was snowed up on the Staplefield Road. To free the coach the road had to be cleared of six-feet-high drifts.
Picture added on 22 February 2014 at 14:10
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