Can you imagine the road in 1812 ?
A muddy, cloying, disaster of a thoroughfare,
probably with ruts inches deep, and frozen in mid winter.
7d well spent in my book.
The advent of the coach and 4, hastened the improvements of the roads.
In medieval England, it was fortunate if roads were paved /cobbled, within 1 mile either side of town.
Iron rimmed wagons were oft banned from town.
I recall seeing huge ruts in the cobbles in Pompeii ?