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Omnibuses were the public passenger vehicles for towns and suburbs.

Passengers generally sat inside, although some omnibuses also had seats on the roof.

As 'ladies’ never climbed up ladders and showed their legs, some omnibuses had spiral staircases so women could ride on the roof. Special 'decency boards' round the top hid women's ankles from view.

Find out more about the omnibus in the National Carriage Collection.