The Royal Mail Coach

 Patent Mail Coach

The mail coaches were owned by the Post Office. The coaches were all built and maintained by Mr. Vidler of Millbank, London under contract to the Post Office. The doors and lower panels were maroon, the upper panels black and the wheels Post Office red. On the doors were the names of the two places at either end of the journey, the words Royal Mail and the Royal Arms. The upper panels of the body were decorated with the four principal orders of the knighthood: the Garter, the Bath, the Thistle, and St. Patrick. On the foreboot was the cipher of the reigning monarch. The hind boot was labeled with the number of the coach.

The foreboot under the coachman's feet held parcels. The hind boot under the guard's feet was the space for the locked mailbox.

The Mail Coach seated four passengers inside. Later the post office realized that three more passengers could be accommodated with ease behind the coachman so seats were added on top. The charge for a seat inside the coach was 5d. per mile, and the charge for an outsider was 2.5 d. per mile. These fees were paid to the inkeepers at the various stages of the journey.

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