Drag or Park Coach

Although this drag carriage is a private coach, it bears a close resemblance to the road coaches that appeared during the late 19th century. By 1850 the railways had forced most stage coach operators out of business, but a decade later there was a revival of interest among coach enthusiasts. Some of these coaches operated on a regular basis, especially during the summer months when trips to the country and seaside were very popular. A drag coach seated ten passengers outside, as well as a guard and coachman, two less than a road coach which was slightly heavier and required a team of six horses. The main details of the drag carriage in the collection are the discreet carvings and leatherwork on the undercarriage, the large windows and quality interior trim. The one in the Hull Museums collection dates to 1860.