Four horsepower


From the 1780s until the 1840s, horse-drawn mail coaches were the fastest way to transport mail between British towns and cities. Romanticised in retrospect, in reality they were fraught with discomfort and danger

In the early years of the public postal service, postboys on horseback, equipped with a mailbag and a posthorn, galloped and tooted their way across the British countryside in relays delivering letters at the blistering
average speed of 3mph, or 4mph for express mail!


Read the full article in Stamp Magazine July 2017

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