The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)
500 years of postal services
A 19th Century horse-drawn mail coach travels through Holyrood Park in Edinburgh yesterday to mark 500 years of UK postal services.
Royal Mail is celebrating the birthday by recreating the routes used by its horsedrawn mail coaches in a series of celebratory events across the country.
A Post Office spokesman said: “As pressure mounted to deliver letters more quickly, horse-drawn coaches were deployed in 1784, following a trial run between Bristol and London. The mail coaches averaged almost 13kmh in summer months with fresh horses supplied every 20 kilometres.”