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Post Office


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.

Location of plaques at Post Office

Location of plaque at Post Office


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 the Country.

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:
Post Office plaque location map

 

 

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