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November 25, 2010
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Clarebear
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I was wondering if anybody had any idea how long it would have taken to travel from Wolf Hall in Wiltshire to London by horse/carriage/litter?  I am thinking about December time, so the weather might be bad at this time of year?

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November 25, 2010
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Well, the going was rather slow…Not sure the exact amount of how long it would take, but there were the horses of course–the journey's time depended on how good they were–and the amount of people. Larger the party, longer the time. If the person was royal or even upper class nobility, there would definitely be stops to “wave and smile” Princess-style, and the richer the person, probably the slower, because richer people got better litters (instead of sitting on horseback, etc). Also, depending on the length of the journey, the travelers would stop and rest during the day and for the night at inns etc.

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November 25, 2010
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thanks for that info Boleynfan. 

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In the 10 years I lived in WIltshire I never tried to find the site of Wulf Hall. Though I have been to Acton Court in Iron Acton, Wilts.

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November 25, 2010
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Boleynfan said:

Well, the going was rather slow…Not sure the exact amount of how long it would take, but there were the horses of course–the journey's time depended on how good they were–and the amount of people. Larger the party, longer the time. If the person was royal or even upper class nobility, there would definitely be stops to “wave and smile” Princess-style, and the richer the person, probably the slower, because richer people got better litters (instead of sitting on horseback, etc). Also, depending on the length of the journey, the travelers would stop and rest during the day and for the night at inns etc.


Added to that , the roads were generally little more than dirt rracks and the horses would be chosen for stamina rather than speed, think Shire type horses. Rain could bog down carriages

Carriage were unsprung too. Imagine travelling for several days over rutted tracks in an unsprung vehicule.Makes my bum ache thinking about it.

Carolly Erickson, in The First Elizabeth talks about the journey from Ashridge to Westminster in February was set at 7-8 miles a day for  the ill Elizabeth to be carried in a horse litter.

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