Visit : Wednesday 16th May 2018 – The People’s Post

 

Departure :        Newbury      Rugby Club  08.00 am                                   Return : 19.00 approx 
                           Newbury      Wharf            08.10 am

 

Organiser :  Mrs Valerie Jackson                                   Tel : 01635 578349

                                                                                      Mobile : (on the day) 07711 398818

 

Today we explore a lesser-known London district with a very important place in the history of our nation. We tell the story of posting a letter from earliest times to the coming of the GPO, visit the brand new Postal Museum and take a ride on the Mail Rail beneath the streets of London. Meet our expert Blue Badge Guide for included morning refreshments at a city pub at 10.30 am. 

We will seek out visible reminders of our postal history from the inns where the mail coaches called with their scarlet clad, blunderbuss wielding guards to the coffee houses that were part of the Penny Post network. We use eyewitness accounts from such as Mendelssohn and Samuel Taylor Coleridge and recount tales of drunken poaching mailmen, corrupt politicians, the Victorian internet and a canny public utterly determined to avoid paying for their post. It’s a cracking tale. We’ll practice blowing our mail horn and follow the visual clues of old parish markings, street signs, property marks and shop signs to deliver our Penny Post letters from the time before house numbers or postcodes. We’ll look at how the GPO added to the landscape of street furniture alongside the existing bollards and milestones, cattle troughs and stink pipes as we wend our way from pillar to post. Free time for lunch today in Exmouth Market where there’s a thriving lunchtime food market (and a secret park full of benches) alongside traditional pubs and cafes.

In the afternoon we visit the brand-new state of the art Postal Museum to enjoy an incredible collection spanning five centuries and covering everything from ground breaking design and quirky technology to the intimacy of personal letters. During the afternoon we’ll also ride the hidden tunnels of the Mail Rail – a unique piece of industrial heritage that kept the capital’s communication network flowing for over 75 years. There will be time to buy refreshments before heading home at 4.30 pm.

Cost : £48.50 per person to include morning refreshments, coach, driver’s gratuity and Blue Badge Guide.

 


Booking Slip

 

Visit : Wednesday 16th May 2018 – The People’s Post

 
Organiser : Mrs Valerie Jackson, 41 Shepherds Mount, Compton, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 6QY

 

I/We wish to book ……. places at £48.50 per person and enclose cheque* £…………(dated 1st April 2018)

 

Name/s: …………………………………………………………………………………..

 

Address: ……………………………………………………………………………………..…........………………..

…………………………………………………………… Post Code: ……………………………………………….



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Newbury NT No/s : ……………..……………………… Email address: ……………………………….…………….
 

Emergency Contact on the day:  Name: …………………….…………….. Telephone No: .......…..……………………


Pick up point – please tick the appropriate box below:


( ) I/We require parking space at the Rugby Club and include additional £2.50 in my cheque*
( ) I/We require to be picked up at the Rugby Club but do not require parking space 
( ) I/We require to be picked up at the Wharf 

) I/We require to be picked up at The Bear at Hungerford ( at Tour Leaders discretion)


Please contact the Tour Organiser if you are a wheelchair user. Please enclose s.a.e. (minimum size 22cm x 11cm). NB: If you omit your post code or use insufficient postage your application will be delayed and you may not get on the outing. *Also note that parking charges have been increased by the Rugby Club.

 





 







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