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In his classic novel "Sons and Lovers" D.H. Lawrence wrote:

Mrs. Morel loved her marketing. In the tiny market-place on the top of the hill, where four roads, from Nottingham and Derby, Ilkeston and Mansfield, meet, many stalls were erected. Brakes ran in from surrounding villages. The market-place was full of women, the streets packed with men.

What does the word "brake" mean?

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I think it refers to:

Brake:

(Horse Training, Riding & Manège) an open four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage. Also spelt: break

(Collins Dictionary )

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(aliceausten.org)

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