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A Large English Pottery Pearlware Jug with The Rodney Coach and Horses, Circa 1810-20.


A Large English Pottery Pearlware Jug with The Rodney Coach and Horses,

Circa 1810-20.

The body of the jug is decorated with a gold, brown and blue coach mounted with three figures and pulled by four horses with name Rodney on side.  The reverse side of the pitcher is inscribed William and Sarah Simpson.  


The pitcher is of ovoid form with a curved handle and a cylindrical neck.  The neck is decorated with gold trailing flowers between brown and blue bands.

Condition:  Good

Height:  7 1/4"




IN THORNE by P.L.Scowcroft

Thorne Local History Society

Occasional Paper No 21: 1996

From 1787 the Hull – London coach services proceeded via York. But on 14 June 1799 the Rodney coach (Hull to Doncaster via Howden and Thorne) was advertised as connecting at the Reindeer Inn, Doncaster, with the Paul Jones coach to London, thus saving 30 miles on the York route.  The service ran three times a week.

In 1818 the Rodney coach, now part-owned by Richard Wood, who was already the major Doncaster coachowner, was still running, now daily, between Sheffield and Hull and back, with connections to and from London at Doncaster, still calling at the White Hart in Thorne in both directions, leaving for Hull at 10.30am., and for Doncaster and Sheffield at 12 noon. But, especially after their service became a daily one in 1820, the steam packets were beating the Rodney for speed and possibly for comfort, especially over a ‘full’ journey from Sheffield or Doncaster to Hull, despite the change necessary

at Waterside. A fare reduction by the Rodney’s proprietors in January 1821 had little effect and the service was discontinued in April 1823.

William & Sarah Simpson

There is a grave at the All Saints’s Church Cemetery, Staveley, Yorkshire with these names-

Sarah Simpson, aged 71 died 1859

first name on monument

& William Simpson, aged 85 died 1869.


While some distance from the area of the coach run, it is possible that this couple moved here later.  It is still obviously in Yorkshire.