On Thursday 11th October the Monarch road coach, sign written as a coach on the old London to Holyhead road, left the Old Crown at Digbeth Birmingham. The Old Crown is a genuine old coaching inn and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham came to see us off. It was to our knowledge the first time a coach and horses had left Birmingham in at least 150 years.
After a warming punch we headed straight out into the heavy traffic of Britains second city.
Day 2 began early, as on Thursday, Rod, Chris and Paul shared the driving, and after 28 miles brought us to Wellington. We stayed in a genuine old coaching inn now renamed the Orleton Arms, but known to the weary travellers of yesteryear as The Falcon.
The Hackneys were as fresh as the day they had started after 70 miles
in three days no mean achievement, and a great testament to the breed.