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"Patent car" probably originates in Goldsworthy Gurney's steam coach which Gurney fraudulently claimed was by "Royal Patent" (see bar267 New Invented Steam Carriage). The Birmingham Steam coach company was formed in 1835 using steam coaches designed and patented by William Church. Church's coaches did appear on the roads of Birmingham but failed in their attempts to reach London (ii).

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(ii) Fletcher, William; History and development of steam locomotion on the common roads pp106-107

 

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