What is it?
Bath's Post Office occupied 8, Broad Street in 1821-54; from here the
first adhesive postage stamps in the world were franked and sent in
1840 [Forsyth 2003
]. The current building
dates from 1923-7, with the main entrance vestibule containing a pair
of plaques commemorating Ralph Allen
and John Palmer
. The actual Post Office now
occupies the opposite end of the building on the junction of Broad
Street and Green Street.
Where is it in Bath?
The building on the junction of Broad Street and New Bond Street.
The text reads
"Ralph Allen and John Palmer
Citizens of Bath
the pioneers of the postal service of the eighteenth century
Ralph Allen 1693-1764 reorganised and perfected Bye and Cross Post
which afforded intercommunication between Provincial Towns
John Palmer 1742-1818 Developed the Mail Coach service throughout
This tablet was erected to commemorate the opening of the Head Post
Office by the Mayor of Bath Alderman Cedric Chivers J.P. Monday the
16th May 1927."
Location map of plaque:
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