On This Day: 8 July 1699

On this day in 1699, Thomas and Mary Bowrey were still staying in Bath, bathing and taking the waters.

They had travelled from London to Bath via Gloucester by coach. On the outward journey, they had paid £6/0/0 for the whole coach, presumably travelling with their friends, Nathaniel Long and his wife. and two maids. The journey was about 160 miles and cost about £800 (or £133 each) in today’s values. Compare that to today’s first class single rail fare London to Bath which costs £149.50, a journey that is probably a little more comfortable and faster – even with a replacement bus service!

On the return journey, they paid £3/0/0 for three places, presumably travelling separately from the Long family.


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