Rolling Carts and Waggons. [On coach Wagon: "James Sharp Leadenhall Street London Common Stage"].To ascertain the Advantages of these Waggons, a few Journies have been made into Warwickshire and Staffordshire; about thirty Journies to Bedford; and, on the 3d of November last, they began going from Whittlebury Forest to Northampton, about fourteen Miles, and continued without Intermission every Day, till the latter end of March following, with such heavy Loads of Timber, that some People supposed the Road would have been destroyed by such constant Carriage in wet Weather...They are both cheaper and much lighter than common Nine-inch Broad Wheels; they are more durable, and are sure to produce a smooth Road. Great Variety of Rolling Carriages, and also Garden and Land Rollers of a new Construction, are ready for Inspection. N.B. Rolling Carts and Waggons of all Kinds, according to Act of Parliament, are built by James Sharp, of Leadenhall-Street, London.
Woodcut and letterpress. 202 x 210mm. 8 x 8¼". Laid on card, creasing.
Letterpress handbill with a woodcut showing a large covered wagon on wide rollers rather than wheels, being pulled by a team of eight horses. The handbill extols the virtues of rolling wagons, namely that they can be used to transport heavy loads without damaging the road surface, particularly in wet conditions. It concludes by naming James Sharp of Leadenhall Street, London, as a supplier of rolling carts and wagons. James Sharp of Leadenhall Street, London, was a bit of an inventor but also a transport enthusiast. His "rolling carts and waggons" which he built in London were carried on broad rollers not conventional wheels. The obvious benefit was that they operated with advantage on muddy and poorly metalled roads, particularly of course in the winter. His advertisement catalogues the advantages, reports on road tests actually carried out, and happily names a carrier, Mr William James and Sons "Proprietors of the Bath and Bristol waggons" who had been successfully using a Sharp waggon on the Bristol road. Moreover, Sharp flags up the statutory benefits given to this form of transport by recent Acts of Parliament (heavier loads allowed, one year's toll-free travel and no limit on number of horses up front).
In the Science & Society Picture Library.
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