Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Warrant to Ride Post, London to Bath and return, 1728

The General Letter Office provided horses and guides for those requiring urgent travel within Great Britain.  This warrant of September 1728 is for a journey from London to Bath and back.

The cost of riding post from London to Bath and back, £10-5-10, is equivalent to about £2,060 today (using the Bank of England inflation calculator from 1750, the earliest that it goes back to).

The 1728 cost of £2,060 compares to a return train ticket today from Paddington to Bath of £185, or £278 first class.

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