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Post coaches: how it was

A person who has made a real revolution in the history of mail delivery was John Palmer, but in fact he had no relation to the delivery at all. It was he, together with the Prime Minister of England William Pitt the Younger, decided to try the real postal coaches in business, convincing the Postal Authority of the expediency of this event. However, in practice, the revolution was possible only after carrying out works aimed at improving the quality of roads, which, incidentally, was the reason for introducing road toll.

The first postal coaches moved along the route from London to Bath, to the west. The date of the beginning of movement of carriages along this route is August 2, 1784. The courageous experiment turned out to be more than successful. As a result, the Prime Minister ordered by analogy to come up with other routes for postal coaches. A year later such carriages could be seen on the Suffolk and Norfolk roads. And a few months later the movement between Portsmouth and Boryspil was opened. Closer by the summer, Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester were added to the list of coach destinations. By the autumn the list had tripled.

The era of postal coaches in England at this time was in full swing.

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