Getting to Adlestrop

Map  JA's EnglandAdlestrop is a small village in the Cotswolds in north Gloucestershire.  It is four miles from the historic hilltop town of Stow on the Wold and about five miles from Chipping Norton.  When Jane first came in 1794 from her Steventon home in Hampshire with her mother and sister, it probably took them two days by post-chaise.  These were comfortable sprung carriages painted yellow and affectionately known as ‘yellow bounders’ that travelled along the turnpike roads.  They were a much more respectable mode of transport than the commoner stage coaches – especially for ladies.  It is very likely that one or more of her brothers would have also accompanied them to protect them during their journey.

The distance was just over seventy miles and they may have stopped at Abingdon, roughly halfway, to rest the horses and stay overnight at one of its coaching inns.

‘An easy distance do you call it? It is nearly fifty miles.’

‘And what is fifty miles of good road?  Little more than half a day’s journey.  Yes, I call it a very easy distance’ Pride and Prejudice.