This is a list of research links – these may be of interest to readers, but the list also helps me to organise my own reference materials!
Sense and Sensibility
A series of three excellent articles on travel in general, related to Sense and Sensibility, from the Jane Austen in Vermont blog.
Part 1 – including timings and costs (compared to everyday living expenses)
Part 2 – where the characters lived and the travels they undertook in the novel
Part 3 – carriages, and what your carriage said about your wealth or status
And a summary of travel speeds from Jude Knight.
This page is on Shropshire Turnpikes, but is also a short general history of turnpike trusts and the roads they managed.
And of course there’s always this for an enjoyable bit of ‘research’ –>
Carriages and other vehicles
A short history of Mail coaches and how they operated
Illustrated guide to the coaching inns in London that were the starting points for various Royal Mail routes:
A page on Shropshire Stage Coaches and Mail coaches, including a bit on how they were organised. The page layout isn’t great, but it contains some good information.
Hackney carriages and Watermen fares
Paying the correct fares in London
Horse breeds, from Austen Authors
Regency horse world, from Shannon Donnellly’s Fresh Ink
My Pinterest board on transport includes images of coaches etc.