Tuesday, 11 August 2009

First class post

As strikes exacerbate the general inefficiency of the Royal Mail (I'll spare you my latest tale of parcel-delivery woe), this excerpt from Pigot's Directory of 1836 on Deptford is all the more surprising:
Letters from LONDON arrive every morning (Sunday excepted) about ten, and afternoon about five, and are despatched to different parts of the neighbourhood about half an hour after each arrival ...
Mind you, the following year Robson's Country Directory claimed that coaches ran
From Lord Duncan, [Deptford] Broadway, every 5 minutes to Gracechurch Street and Charing Cross.
One to remember next time I'm waiting in the rain for a bus!

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