The Slaugham Archive
Barry Ray Year: 1905 Villages: HandcrossFinal 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.
Picture added on 22 February 2014 at 14:12
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