In the earliest days of the development of the postal service, post offices were usually housed at inns. The only duties of the postmaster-cum-innkeeper were the acceptance and handing over of letters, the exchange of post-bags and the provision of fresh hor ses for the post boys to ride and carry the mail over the main roads and byways. There can be little doubt that in Alcester the Swan, the Angel and the Globe fulfilled this role. To avoid misapprehension the terms 'post chaise' and post coach have no connection with the Post Office.
In 1784 John Palmer, actor manager of Bath, planned a national system of mail coaches. This was eventually approved and it became a byword for safety and reliability, continuing for about 70 years. in remote areas of England two-wheeled pony or donkey carts, mainly open, were used, whilst large gig-type vehicles and four-wheelers were frequently used for local collections in large towns.
|1790 to 1835|
|1835 to 1860|
|1860 to 1963|
|1963 to Present|
|Alcester Railway Station Sub-Post Office|
|Appendix A - Sub-Postmasters/Mistresses|
|Appendix B - Letter Boxes|
|Appendix C - Postmarks|
|Great Alne Postal History|
|Postmark History of Alcester and District ('Local Past' Series 1993)|
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