Lymington transport services operated by Hapgood family

James and Ann Hapgood and their descendants operated a number of transport services in Lymington from 1812 onwards. There is abundant evidence for this from various trade directories and local histories - as summarised in the table below. There is also some pictorial evidence: Robert Coles' book on the local transport history includes (on page 35) a print showing Lymington High Street in 1832. The caption notes that a covered wagon part way up the High Street is Hapgood's single horse wagon.

References in trade directories and local histories

Pigot's Hampshire1823/24Lymington section has an entry "Carriers. London and Southampton. Hapgood. every Mon, Wed & Friday morning."
Southampton Guide1824This has an item "Hapgood, Lymington Light Wagon. Sets out from Adams and Son's Warehouse every Tuesday and Friday at 11 o'clock, returns Monday and Thursday. Forwards goods to Yarmouth and Freshwater, Isle of Wight."
History of Lymington by David Garrow1825Reference for "Hapgood's Waggon" similar to that in Pigot's Hampshire above
Kelly1848Lymington section has several entries:
  • Mrs Ann Hapgood, fruiter & carrier, High Street.
  • COACH, 3 times a day, from the Angel hotel to the Brockenhurst station, Hapgood and Dalton proprietors.
  • VANS & WAGGONS, daily, between Lymington and the Brockhurst station by Messrs Hapgood, the company's delivering agents; booking office, the Angel innyard.
  • CARRIERS to Southampton and per Railway to London. Mrs Ann Hapgood, High Street, every Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs and Fri morning at 11.
Hunt1851Lymington section has an entry "Carriers, Habgood (sic) to London.
Hunt1852But now the carrier service has disappeared.
Kelly1859Lymington section has an entry "Henry Hapgood, agent to the railway." It also shows him to be the Secretary to the Solent Steam Packet Company.
Kelly1867Lymington section has an entry "Henry Hapgood, agent to South-Western railway company, High Street."
Mercer and Crocker1871Lymington section has an entry "Henry Hapgood, agent to the railway."
Kelly1895Lymington section has an entry "Edward Hapgood, delivery agent LSWR."
Kelly1935Lymington section shows Edward Hapgood to be a borough magistrate but no longer a delivery agent."
Lymington and the New Forest: Transport History, written by Robert Coles and published by A. Coles, Lymington1986 Reports that James Hapgood took over the Lymington carrier service in 1812.

Analysis and summary

The most prominent of these services was the operation of the local carrier service in Lymington. According to Robert Coles' book on Lymington local transport history James first took over this service in 1812 (when he would have been aged 44). In the early pre-railway years the main focus seems to have been provision of a regular services to Southampton.

After James' death in 1834 his widow, Ann, took over the running of the business - and continued to do so until her own death in 1851. This period saw the construction of the the main line of the South-Western Railway through Brockenhust (about 5 miles north of Lymington) in 18xx. After this time it appears that the Lymington carrier services were refocussed as feeder service. For example, the Lymington section of Kelly's Directory for 1848 shows that Hapgoods provided a daily carrier service to and from Brockenhurst station and had established themselves as the railway company's delivery agents in Lymington.

With the advent of the railway the family business was also extended into passenger transport. Looking again at Kelly's for 1848, we see them involved in running coaches from Lymington to the railway at Brockenhurst.

Following Ann's death in 1851, the direct provision of transport services by the family seems to have ceased. This must suggest that none of her surviving children wished to take the business forward. The three children for whom we have evidence of business activity all followed different paths:

However, there is one piece of evidence that may indicate some continuing involvement in direct provision of transport services in Lymington. The will of Ann's son, Robert Mist (b. 1808, d. 1858) shows him to have been a carrier. Further research is needed to establish if he carried on the business after Ann's death - or just worked in the business.

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