While I am very much interested in this sort of history, I doubt I would enjoy this book. This blog entry is too sensationally for my tastes. It appears to be based on contemporary journals, newspapers and advice pamphlets. Rather than secondhand summaries of secondhand stories, I would prefer to see a more academic examination of the situation. How much did it cost to operate these establishments? How much effort was it to maintain a pair of horses? And what were the other options? The dangers of not staying in an inn might seem obvious, but was one legally obligated to stay at an inn rather than drive through the night?
Reading these sorts of articles makes me feel like if people tried to describe current-day life based on instagram posts or something. Sure, its not necessarily completely false, but it also fails to capture how mainstream people experience life.
I tend to agree. I felt like I was being asked a lot of questions with few answers or explanation. The pictures were not elaborated on either, so I’m still not sure what the threat lurking outside the window at the coach house breakfast was.
"William Waterhouse of the Swan with Two Necks Coaching Inn owned 400 horses, which he used to pull stagecoaches for their first part of the journey out of London. By 1817 he claimed to be spending £2 per horse on food, accommodation, tax .Waterhouse had distribution centres all over the Home Counties, including a warehouse in South Mimms in Essex."
That is still common in some areas.
There are a few pubs - not many, but some - knocking about the UK where if you are in workwear (boots, high-biz jackets, etc.), you be asked to not drink in the saloon and move to the public bar, and in one pub I know near central London the landlady used to just simply ask you to drink elsewhere if you had clearly just come in from a building site.
In the countryside you may be asked to remove your walking boots if it's a muddy day before walking on the carpeted area or the saloon bar.
And while it's pretty rare now for there to be a true class division in the pub itself, there is definitely market positioning of pubs. A flat roofed pub with England flags around it will attract a very definite kind of clientele to a traditional pub with hanging baskets outside and a restaurant within.
I can absolutely expect landlords not being keen on super-muddy shoes or workwear, but genuinely, having the public bar as a lower-effort alternative is completely alien to me. I'd love to know where these places are - guessing rural, perhaps?
From my vaugue memory most pubs had many different 3+ rooms (in addition to were the party was) that we was not supposed to go in to... after going in to all of them (unchallenged) people were dressed and acted different (dressed differently , some loud or queit)
we seem to settle in the room were the people was gambling since we was given varous amounts of money just for watching them win!