The Flying Machine to Brighthelmston
This image is taken from the 1911 book Brighton & Hove in the Coronation Year of His Majesty King George V, published by Garnett, Mepham & Fisher Ltd, 112 Gloucester Road Brighton. The caption states that the coach is the “Flying Machine” which ran from London to Brighthelmston via Lewes.
Messrs. J. Tubb and S. Brawne introduced the Flying Machine in 1762, it was so named because the increased celerity (don’t worry I had to look that up as well) with which it enabled the journey to be made. This was possible because the coach was hung from steel springs, which was a huge improvement on the old cumbersome vehicles. It doesn’t look much fun to me.
Happy Christmas everyone!
Thank you Peter for this terrific Christmas contribution. Looking forward to any more gems you might find in the book.
Happy Christmas to you and yours.