|Hatchetts-The White Horse Cellar|
Those of us writing books set during the coaching era often puzzle over coaching inns. Even when we actually visit coaching inns in England, we may not feel enlightened. We don’t see the horses or the stablemen. The once-bustling yard is often converted to an eating area, with picnic benches and flowers. Sometimes the interior has been redone to look more ye olde than is quite authentic. Here’s the basic layout, courtesy H.D. Eberlein & A.E. Richardson, The English Inn Past & Present.
~~~Custom had decreed the arrangement of an inn plan. There was the usual courtyard with its arched or beamed entry. There was a hall for receiving guests, a main staircase, a coffee room and a dining parlour. Some inns could boast a special apartment for dining coach passengers only. In addition there were smaller apartments known respectively by the names Sun, Moon, Star, Crescent or Paragon. From 1700 to the year 1760 the arched entries were low, for until the latter date outside passengers were not encouraged. After the accession of George the Third, when outside travelling became more general, the inside passengers were treated as belonging to an inferior order. Not only did landlords show increased respect to the outside passengers, but a subtle compliment was paid to the coach proprietors by the landlords when alterations to the arched entries were made to their respective inns. ...
|Bull & Mouth Inn|
~~~Images: Pollard, Hatchett’s, the White Horse Cellar, Piccadilly (from which my hero and heroine set out in Scandal Wears Satin). From Denver Art Museum collection. T.H. Shepherd, The Old Bull & Mouth Inn, from London and Its Environs in the Nineteenth Century (1831 ed), courtesy Internet Archive.
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