Union Mail Coach c1850

Union Mail Coach c1850



Dover Stage

Dover Stage


A STAGE COACH sets off every Monday and Friday from the Ship Inn, Dover at 6 o’clock in the morning for Margate;  calls for passengers and parcels at the Three Kings Deal at half past seven;   the Bell Sandwich at nine;   the Red Lion Ramsgate at half past ten;  stops at Mitchener’s, Margate, three hours and returns the same road to Dover in the evening. 
 William HARRISON   
 (Kentish Gazette 8 to 12 August 1788

  page 1 col 2) 





Buckland Post Office - 

postcard c.1913



Buckland Post Office - postcard c.1913


An East Kent 

postman c.1905


An East Kent postman c.1905 



THE POSTMAN: His portrait is an every-day picture of life, and yet not easy to paint. He is the very incarnation of alacrity, the embodied spirit of regularity and precision. Day by day, hour by hour, he is to be seen traversing with rapid step the limits of his own narrow district. The heavens may smile or frown; revolutions may shake the land; or peace and prosperity gladden its children. Disease may wave its pestilent torch; or sudden calamity sweep away its victims. But the postman is still at his post. A diurnal dispenser of news. A kind of hope in the Queen‘s livery, visiting every one in turn, and welcomed by all. A messenger of life and of death; of gratified ambition, or disappointed desire; or gracious accceptance, or harsh refusal. He is still welcome; for his presence, and that which he brings, at least puts an end to the most cruel of human sufferings - uncertainty. -

(Bentley‘s Miscellany - printed in Dover Telegraph 9 June 1838                                   p.5 col.2 )




River Postmen  c.1920:

River Postmen c.1920:


Flashback to a an age when life for many was hard, with long working hours for what seemed a meagre weekly pay packet, but the pace of life appeared to be a good deal slower. These are some of the postmen of River who had a large area to cover, on foot and by bicycle, after first sorting the mail in an "office" (a shed) at the side of Tritton‘s bakery and post office. And the postmen had to cover not only River, but Alkham and Temple Ewell as well. At one time River even had its own postmark.;

DAVIS & CO. - Coaches from Dover -
"Reduced Fares to London via Herne Bay.  By those fast and favorite Steam Packets, the City of Canterbury or Red Rover, which leave Herne Bay Pier at 11 o'clock every Monday, Wednesday and Friday;  returning from London Bridge Wharf on the alternate days (Sunday excepted), at 11 o'clock, and Blackwall at a quarter to 12;  performing the voyage generally in from 4 to 5 hours.   OBSERVE - Messrs DAVIS & Co's are the ONLY coaches from Dover to meet, and corresponding with, the above unrivalled Packets, They leave Rutley's Office, next the Custom House, and Union Coach Office, Snargate Street, Dover, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at quarter before 8, returning on the arrival of the Packets; and where places, to prevent deception, can be booked and secured with safety;  likewise correct Information respecting this admired and delightful Route can always be obtained.
Fares per the Four-horse Coaches and Packets:-  Outside and Fore Cabin  7 shillings;   Saloon  8s;   
Inside and Fore Cabin   10 shillings;  Saloon  11s.
Agent for Dover - Mr T.B.RUTLEY"  

(Dover Telegraph 4.5.1843 p.1)