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Northop exhibition explores Flintshire postal route past

AN EXHIBITION to explore Flintshire’s postal route past has opened in Northop.

The Historic Mail Route across North Wales is a travelling exhibition put together by Northop Heritage Group and financed through rural development agency Cadwyn Clwyd and Flintshire County Council.

The bilingual exhibition opened at the Edith Bankes Memorial Hall earlier this month.

It will spend the coming months on tour across rural Flintshire, including schools, libraries and other community buildings.

Mail coaches started passing through Northop in 1785 and the last one went through in 1808.

Northop Heritage Group has secured a series of fascinating photographs and old postcards from the Royal Mail itself, and the exhibition will also display a range of pictures and sketches.

Cadwyn Clwyd heritage officer Adam Bishop said: “Until the coming of the railway the mail coach was the way to travel and it is an enthralling story.

“Places like Northop were important staging points on the route and it all conjures up images of teams of horses galloping along with horns blowing to clear the route and a guard with a blunderbuss to discourage highwaymen.”