Maps and Travel of Regency England

Maps and Travels of Regency England

Links of the Regency At Christian Regency

Before 1700's, travel occurred by foot or by horseback. Most areas had  poor roads or lacked roads. After 1750, roads improved in England. Privately owned roads known as turnpikes were started.

 Travelers paid a toll for passage, and the funds were used for the upkeep of the roads: clearing of downed trees, livestock, patching ruts, etc. In 1784, the Post Office began carry the Royal Mail by coach which added additional pressure for the good upkeep and maintenance of roads.

By 1804, the continued improvements in roads and better carriage design allowed for carriages to be pulled by thoroughbreds and reach speeds of 8 to 10 miles per hour. By 1815, road construction now included raising the earth and proper drainage. The Macadamization of roads, the standardization of road construction, started at this time. This included consistent  stone coverage for the last layer for even and consistent road thickness. The final layer of rock had to be made of uniform stones no wider that 2 inches in diameter. The road thickness had to average 15 inches.

With improved roads, travel to from London to the country or to varies counties could be done in style.

A good source for Maps and information on coaches can be found .

More Maps of Regency England

Avington Park

Travel from Bath to Devon

From Devon to Exeter

Map of Devon

From Exeter to Plymouth

Exeter to Dorset

Severn Gorge

More on the Gorge

Hampshire to Devon

Hawkchurch

More on Hawkchurch

History of Devon

History of Avington Park

Iron Bridge

Lewtrenchard Manor

Lyford to Exeter

London to Plymouth

Map of Dorset

Old Map of Dorset

More on Hawkchurch

Another Map of Devon

Okehampton to Lydford

Plymouth to Saltram House

Salcombe Castle

Okehampton to Winchester

Sourton

Winchester to Devon

Whites Pub