The Tudors and the Stuarts
The first horse-drawn coach in England is said to have belonged to Mary Tudor, and Queen Elizabeth I ordered a stagecoach to be built in 1564. Although decorated with gold and carvings, the coach had no springs and would have been very uncomfortable to travel in.
Another vehicle that came onto the road at this time was the stage-wagon. This huge clumsy wagon was pulled by eight or ten horses and could travel no more than a dozen miles a day. It did, however, provide the first regular service carrying goods and a few passengers from town to town.
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