In the early 19th century the main post office was situated in Butcher Row (i.e. West Street). In 1828 it was transferred to Hampton Court (sometimes known as Watts House) in French Street. It had moved to Hanover Buildings by 1850 and finally to the east side of the High Street in 1859. A new post office built on the same site in 1892 was in the Flemish style of architecture. Three storeys high, surmounted by three elaborate pediments, it was built of red brick with terracotta dressings. The builder was Henry Cawte. The building still stands but is no longer a post office.

General Post Office, High Street

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A drawing of the Post Office, 1892

General Post Office, High Street

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Photograph of the Post office, c.1900


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