18 October 2012
Ephemera: The First Birmingham Stage-Coach
Print of a poster from May 1731 advertising the first regular stage-coach from Birmingham to London. The journey took two and a half days; but notice the get-out clause 'if God permit', allowing for anything from bad roads (which were common), poor weather (this is England) and any other eventuality that may be thrown at the journey. A regular stage-coach means that Birmingham's traders and manufacturers have a cheaper and easier way to reach the capital in order to make and maintain business connections. Take a journey on the London to Birmingham stage coach here.