Before the coming of the railway in the 1840s stagecoaches were the fastest and most comfortable means of cross-country travel. Numerous coaches connected Southampton with other towns and cities and many of the town's inns were coaching inns. The Red Rover was one of the most famous coaches. It was owned by Robert Gray and operated between Southampton and London. It ran daily, except Sundays. On a good run it could complete the journey in less than eight hours.

Red Rover Stagecoach

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Red Rover Stagecoach. By Charles Hunt, 1837

see also

Further reading:
Southampton Occasional Notes, by ‘Townsman’, p21-22. (HS/h)
Georgian and Victorian Southampton, by A. J. Brown, p29-34. (HS/h)


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