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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. Postal services moved to the opposite end of the building on the junction of Broad Street and Green Street but moved again in the summer of 2019 to the W H Smith store in Union Street [Bath Newseum].

In 2022 it was announced that the Post Office building will become the new location for Bath's Fashion Museum [].

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:



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