Light goods could be sent by fast 'Fly Vans', or by slower and cheaper wagons. It's amazing to consider that in 1821, the firm of Tanner & Baylis offered an overnight van service from Rodborough to London, three times a week.
Transporting bulk goods such as coal or stone by road was still a problem because of the limited weight each wagon could carry. This was where canals and later railways, had the advantage over roads.
In the 19th century, local road transport improved. A network of independent carriers made regular journeys carrying goods, parcels and passengers. Over a dozen such carriers are listed for Stroud in Kelly's Directory, 1897.]