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Getting Around - Horses and Carriages

The stables were an important aspect of life at Soho. The Boulton family used their own hourses and carriages for local journeys, but used public coaches for longer trips.

Matthew Boulton and his son both took a keen interest in coach design, and bought many different models, including a gig, chaise, tandem chaise, curricle, and britzka that had space for reclining. The coaches were finely painted in yellow and black, with the Boulton family crest on the side.

Right: The Soho House Stables, drawn by John Phillp


Above: Sketches of curricle designs

The stable staff included coachmen to drive the carriages, grooms to look after the horses, and footmen to attend the travellers. They had to look smart and were all provided with clother at the family's expense, purchased from tradesmen in Birmingham. Footmen wore uniforms called 'liveries', that matched the colours of the coaches. William Carrington, a groom hired in 1807, was given two sets of clothes a year, including two coats, two waistcoats , leather and corduroy breeches, two pairs of boots, a stable jacket, overalls and two hats.

Above: Design forBoulton's Stables at Soho House


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