The ‘golden age’ of travel in Derbyshire

Travel Derbyshire

In the third of our series on the history of the county’s highways, Deborah Barham Smith and Barrie Farnsworth look at the ‘golden age of coach travel’ in Derbyshire.

IT’S UNCERTAIN whether what is often described as ‘the golden age of ‘coach travel’ was really that at all. Let’s face it, travelling by stagecoach or carriage in the 16th and 17th centuries must surely have been less than comfortable; bumpy, smelly, draughty, tiring and even dangerous…