Newport Pagnell was on one of the main coaching routes to the North from London and was used by travellers as a stopping off point to break their long journey's.

North to South mail coaches would come through Northampton where it met the East to West mail. The coaches would continue their journey's on to London through Newport Pagnell. In 1841 there were 26 mail coaches a day in each direction.

To ensure the standard of roads were updated, turnpikes were introduced, and the proceeds of the tolls used on their upkeep. It was sometime however, before tolls were introduced on the bridges leading into and out of Newport Pagnell for their upkeep. An accident in 1809 led to an act of Parliament for rebuilding both the North and South bridges which are still in use today. The South bridge or Tickford Bridge is the oldest iron bridge in daily use for motor vehicles.

Coach builders Joseph Salmon settled in Newport Pagnell in 1820 making horse drawn vehicles, handcarts and barrows, in 1898 manufacture also included car bodies.

The Company had a reputation for excellent workmanship and made car bodies for many different makes of cars. After the sale of The Company in 1955 to David Brown, production was limited to Aston Martin and Lagonda cars.

The Company is now owned by Ford and still produce high quality cars.

Click here to see examples of stagecoach timetables, North bound and Southbound.