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James (Jim) Selby

Person  Male  Born 1844  Died 1888

Categories: Sport / Games, Transport

Stage coachman.  Lived at 7 Edgware Road.  On 13 July 1888, he established a record by driving “The Old Times” coach from Hatchett's Hotel to the “Old Ship” at Brighton and back - 108 miles in 7 hours 50 minutes - changing horses 13 times on the road.  This in the year he died, aged 45. The Museum of London has a painting which depict Selby driving “The Old Times” on the day of the journey.  Buried in Highgate Cemetery, following (though probably leading) a mile long funeral procession.

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