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Postal Museum, London

The Royal Mail was first introduced by Henry VIII in 1516 and then made available to the public in 1635.  Later it became part of the General Post Office (GPO) which included the telephone system.  The Royal Mail has been integral to Britain’s growth and maintenance since early times.  More information (prices and location) can be found on it’s website ⇒.

Since early times the mail had to be protected from thieves and pirates.




It continued through two world wars, delivering to military personnel as well as civilians



The Royal Mail introduced innovations like the pneumatic delivery system, where a cylinder was sent by compressed air along a tube.  The Royal Mail system had more than 40 miles of tubes beneath London.  And ~.




Just across the road and down the hill a little is the the old Royal Mail’s underground system, where you can have a pre-booked ride (please see the website link above).



Down that hole

And return pre-packed ready to mail home.  🙂

10 responses

  1. Hello Graham – great to see you again. 🙂

    Interesting post. 🙂 I wasn’t aware that the Royal Mail had such an extensive underground network.

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    April 8, 2018 at 20:44

  2. Great photos! And great to see you posting again!!

    Liked by 1 person

    April 9, 2018 at 03:29

    • Thank you. The pics were taken last year but I have been a bit distracted with other works. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      April 9, 2018 at 07:11

  3. I love those ornate postboxes! It looks quite elegant in blue.

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    April 9, 2018 at 04:26

  4. My word, that first uniform, how..natty..stylish..just so. The story on the placard put me in mind of old westerns where the bad guys always shoot up the guy in the mail car on the train..no one was guarding the mail. To interfere is a federal offense and will get you serious prison time..but no one ever guarded our mail. Hmmm.

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    April 12, 2018 at 03:08

    • Our last Mail train robbery, known as the Great Train Robbery (£2.6m), was in 1963. I suppose money transfers are mostly electronic now.

      Thanks for the visit. Be well. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      April 12, 2018 at 08:02

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