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Final Royal Mail coach to London
The Slaugham Archive
Final Royal Mail coach to London

This photograph taken on 1st June 1905 records the final journey of the London to Brighton Royal Mail Parcel Post service.
The well-laden coach has stopped on Clayton Hill for a commemorative photograph.
The driver is a well-built fellow, but his companion seems to be too puny to be a guard.
The first regular mail horse-drawn coaches were introduced on the London to Brighton run in 1810.
In the same year, a new night-mail service between London and Brighton was started, travelling via Cuckfield. Brighton was reached at 4.00am after a tiring journey of eight hours.
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