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Britain’s first mail coach

Posted in Anniversary, History, Travel on Thursday, 29 July 2010

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picture, Dick Turpin holds up a mail coach in Epping Forest

Dick Turpin holds up a mail coach in Epping Forest. Illustration by Peter Jackson

8 August marks the anniversary of the first journey of Britain’s first mail coach, which travelled between London and Bristol in 1784. The mail coach (or post coach) was usually drawn by four horses and had seating for passengers, although they travelled at speed (compared to the regular stage coach) and a passenger’s comfort was not of primary importance.

The mail coach was phased out in the mid-19th century due to the expansion of the rail network.

More pictures relating to mail coaches can be found here. Many more illustrations by artist Peter Jackson can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

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