Leisure => Retail => Topic started by: kyn on August 10, 2009, 12:43:28

Title: Post Offices
Post by: kyn on August 10, 2009, 12:43:28
Got any photo's showing old post offices?  I know there is a beautiful one in Chatham on Military Road thats now a pub!

Found this picture in Hellingly Asylum
Title: Re: Post Offices
Post by: Chatham_Girl85 on August 10, 2009, 13:29:48
i know where that shop is.

down the road from the prince albert pub pictured by numanfan in some other thread, cant remember off hand.
it still is a shop. i know where a great one is. went past it today too. mite have to take a walk that way sometime this week, as im off work  ~"~
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Post by: karlostg on August 10, 2009, 14:12:24
the pub was the Edward the 7th (in Albert Street) , which would be the  building in the left of Kyns picture.  :)
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Post by: karlostg on August 10, 2009, 14:38:38
The ironic thing about Chatham Post Office, Railway Street is that they closed it, and moved it to a more
central location in the Pentagon, within Martins the newsagents.

Martins is due to close soon, along with the post office, so it is proposed to re-locate the PO to another
empty shop - in Railway Street!!!!!

Heres one of the PO Now,
(http://www.kent100.co.uk/chathampo.jpg)
I stole the photo from Numanfan, hope he doesnt notice!  ;)
Title: Re: Post Offices
Post by: Chatham_Girl85 on November 18, 2009, 12:15:26
this one is along luton road opposite the co op
as u now can see it is an african food restaraunt

(http://i543.photobucket.com/albums/gg454/ChathamGirl85/Out%20and%20About/P141109_11360001-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Post Offices
Post by: LenP on February 18, 2010, 22:51:23
Three from Canterbury.

Castle Street, taken in 2003.

(http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss251/Lens35/PIC_0773.jpg)

Nunnery Fields.

(http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss251/Lens35/PIC_0715-1.jpg)

Oaten Hill. The sign has now been removed.

(http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss251/Lens35/PIC_0716-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Post Offices
Post by: AlanWCollins on February 18, 2010, 23:02:06
I'll try and get a photo of it next time I am that way - but the one I remember most fondly as a child is the post office in Wainscott. It was just down the road from my grandparents and every summer me and my sister would stay with them (either together or a week at a time each) and go there to get a card for my parents' anniversary (which was in September).

I always tried to find one which would give me enough change to buy a big bag of sweets (usually a pic n mix in one of the paper "Happy Shopper" bags).

I think it's a hairdressers now.
Title: Re: Post Offices
Post by: pilgrim on February 19, 2010, 14:36:29
Brings back memories of BO coin collections round the Medway towns(BO-branch office). A girl from the office in Rochester, a postman, van and several hundred weight of coin of the realm. The telegraph boys used to have a room in the office in Chatham, dingy little place to the left as you went under the arch.
Title: Re: Post Offices
Post by: kyn on February 20, 2010, 15:21:48
Bredgar
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Post by: unfairytale on May 02, 2010, 23:19:55
10 King's Street. Dover.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2712/4238652686_c0ae1368d3.jpg)
Title: Re: Post Offices
Post by: ellenkate on May 03, 2010, 09:36:56


Buckland PO Dover c.1913 postcard:

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz93/ellenkate1/dover%20views/BucklandPOHBsFLpc1913.jpg)



Title: Re: Post Offices
Post by: LenP on July 26, 2010, 23:34:00
The much missed Northgate sub PO in Canterbury.

(http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss251/Lens35/5610.jpg)

and the counterstamp.

(http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss251/Lens35/img629-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Post Offices
Post by: merc on July 29, 2010, 12:09:51
(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/OldCobhamPostOffice2.jpg)

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/OldCobhamPostOffice1.jpg)
Title: Re: Post Offices
Post by: gatsovandel on September 30, 2011, 08:06:36
The old Post Office Luton road down from  Bud's to blooms flower shop, is not empty the lady that used to run it is still living their! and owns the property and has done for 40 years, I met her this morning walking her dog! funny the old Maida road Post Office, now gone, the lady that used to run that now works in pound land. I remember her serving me when i was a round 12 years old.
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Post by: sheppey_bottles on September 30, 2011, 09:46:30
Warden point Post Office and Tea room near Eastchurch on the Isle of Sheppey. Sadly now gone as was pulled down due to its closeness to cliff edge and vandalism. The second picture with local postman was taken shortly before it was demolished. There are many postcards of this area of Sheppey

(http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l218/Sheppey_bottles_John/Bridgestone_house.jpg)

(http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l218/Sheppey_bottles_John/bridgestone.jpg)

This picture shows where the Post office would have been in relation to the cliff edge. If you look at the tall tree off to the left with a Magpie? nest in it, the building was to the cliff side of it. You can just see a straight line of concrete at the cliff edge centre where the road goes off the edge. I found an old Thomas Grout codd bottle here many years ago poking out the cliff.

(http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l218/Sheppey_bottles_John/ward.jpg)
Title: Re: Post Offices
Post by: Rochester-bred on September 30, 2011, 11:16:24
We had a lovely large post office in Rochester high street with two phone boxes either side but they removed the post service from here and put the post office it in the back of a little chemist called Ryders further along the high street ,I really cant understand when they remove these places from decent sized buildings into tiny corners of other shops . (I would put a picture on here but alas have failed to do so) If anyone has a picture of the old Rochester Post office please can you put it here ,thank you   :)
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Post by: Chatham_Girl85 on September 30, 2011, 12:05:17
Numanfan.... It's over to you :)
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Post by: Fred the Needle on September 30, 2011, 13:36:29
Excuse me for asking, but as an exile, bought up in Rochester, what's the building used for now?
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Post by: numanfan on September 30, 2011, 13:51:38
Nothing, as far as I am aware. Been empty a good few years.
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Post by: Rochester-bred on September 30, 2011, 15:54:35
Numanfan, Thanks for the picture  :)
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Post by: Chatham_Girl85 on September 30, 2011, 16:07:40
I knew you'd have the pictures Numanfan :) well done :)
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Post by: numanfan on September 30, 2011, 17:29:17
You're welcome.
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Post by: Chas on October 04, 2011, 19:02:54
I don't think that I'm giving away any trade secrets by saying that the old Post Office counter in Rochester has been utilised for the Delivery Office so it's not empty!
Title: Re: Post Offices
Post by: ellenkate on April 14, 2013, 15:04:02
An East Kent Postman  circa1905...




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Post by: ellenkate on April 14, 2013, 15:05:14
A Tribute to the Postman...

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 acceptance, 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)
Title: Re: Post Offices
Post by: colin haggart on April 14, 2013, 20:29:22
They used to have stamp machines outside.