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Pic: MarkBroadbent/BNPS<br />
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The run down carriage in inaccurate colour scheme before the restoration began.<br />
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Last Post - Britain's last Royal Mail carriage, that bizarrely once survived an attack by a lion outside Salisbury, has been saved for the nation.<br />
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The 200-year-old horse-drawn carriage harks back to the golden age of the Royal Mail when crowds gathered along the route to see the lightning-quick service thunder by.<br />
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The restored four horse coach was known as 'Quicksilver' as it was the fastest in the land on its regular 21 hour run from Devonport, Devon, to London.<br />
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But the red and black wooden wagon went down in history for an extraordinary incident involving a lion in the English countryside in 1816.