OUR POSTAL SERVICES
THROUGH THE AGES
The beautiful old Victorian cast iron collection box set in
the brick wall adjacent the church [ VR = Victoria Rex ]
In 1879 this box was cleared at 4.25pm. By 1908 it was
emptied at 6.30am and 4.50pm , with a Sunday collection
at 11.20am. Compare that with today's service!
In the early days, the nearest telegraph office was at nearby
Attlebridge Railway station - an excuse for showing this lovely
(kind permission of Katherine Yorke & The Larks Press)
The Old Post Office which served the village for many years. It is
situated just east of the bridge, facing the common, at Alderford.
The first Postmaster I can trace is Robert Munford who operated
from this office in 1879. Mrs Mary Munford (his widow ?) took
over in c1908 and remained in office until around 1922.
In the 1920's the Post Office moved to 'The Firs' next door to
the School. The new Postmaster and Shopkeeper was Arthur Watts
who continued in that capacity until c1948. His descendants
still live in the house.
Lilly Parker took over the post office from Arthur Watts (she
was also our church organist!) Her office was in Upgate. Around
1968 she moved next door to a purpose built annexe and operated
from there for about a decade. When she retired her neice took over
for a year or so, but it became financially uneconomic and the
Post Office closed it down.This left our parish without a post
office for the first time since the postal service started.
That's what is called progress!
[ Upgate photos courtesy of Mrs Eileen Dungar]
At the end of Clay Lane, just over the Swannington boundary
with Haveringland is the cross-roads. Until World War2 there
was a fifth road leading off from very near this junction. It
was the main drive down to Haveringland Hall, passing through
majestic wrought iron gates (now, minus the crest, at Hull
University) and by a large lodge. The Lodge housed a post office!
(The drive led to the little St Peters church, which accounts
for its apparent current isolation).
[The photograph is by courtesy of Mrs Kett.]