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By the time Pollard painted this picture, stage coach travel was beginning to be threatened by the rise of the new railway system. For many observers stage coaches were seen not only as one of life’s essentials, but also as a picturesque part of English life. From the details included by Pollard in this picture, this particular coach can be identified as the ‘Tally-Ho’ London to Birmingham coach. This would leave The Saracen’s Head inn on Snow Hill in Holborn at 7.45 am, and arrive at the Swan Hotel in Birmingham eleven hours later.

October 2013