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Allsop's brake, leaving for Matlock
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The building behind the brake is the National Westminster Bank. The 'Brake' or 'Break' derives its origin from the 'breaking' in of colts or untamed horses. They were often also used for exercising teams of horses. Thus, the carriages being used for such purposes became known as Breaks. Later the term would classify a wider variety of vehicles that were intended to carry a large number of passengers. When they put a body on the vehicle they used the term Body Break, or Wagonette Break.