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A CITY COACHING INN : NIGHT MAILS LEAVING THE GENERAL POST OFFICE

A CITY COACHING INN : NIGHT MAILS LEAVING THE GENERAL POST OFFICE

The drawing by J. Hosmer Shepherd of the Spread Eagle inn in Gracechurch Street, London (bottom), recalls one of several city hostelries that served as points of departure for coaches to the West and South. This drawing is in the British Museum. The famous General Post Office built a century ago on the east side of Aldersgate Street was demolished in 1912. In this print (top) from Lewis's "Maps of England," the night mails, with the letters and parcels stacked under tarpaulins on the coach roofs, are seen leaving.

Other pictures from Echoes of the Coaching Days


NEW COACHES WITH OLD NAMES: THE "TANTIVY" AND THE "OLD BERKELEY" EN ROUTE

HISTORIC COACHING INNS IN TOWN AND COUNTRYSIDE

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