Post Office

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In common with many towns, Hastings had a number of post offices, growing from one as the postal service and population increased.
The main post office has changed location many times being known as occupying the following locations;
1835: 4 George Street[1]
1869: 2 Wellington Place[2]

Postal Delivery[edit | edit source]

Typical early 19C route[edit | edit source]

In 1828, a letter carrier by the name of Edward Hide aged 15 had the following route as his round;
"Up the steep hill to High Wickham and Barley Lane, then down the fields to Halloway House, whence he would again set out for an uphill trudge along the London Road to the Hare and Hounds. He would then strike out across the fields to Fairlight Place (the seat of Mr. Planta, M.P.), returning to Ore and on to Sir Howard Elphinstone's house, Ore Place. He next walked along the Forty Acre Field to Halton and down what is now Priory Road to St Marys Terrace (then known as Long Fields) and down The Steeps to Stonefield Road and St Andrew's Road before returning to the office which had recently moved to 67 High Street." For this he received 5s a week until after almost 10 years he became a postman for 14s a week. He continued in this post for some 35 years.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. A Guide to Hastings & St Leonards (Thomas Ross 1835) pg.28 Google Books
  2. Hastings & St Leonards Observer 12 March 1869 pg. 4
  3. Historic Hastings, J. Manwaring Baines pg. 297 ISBN: 0948869003 ISBN: 9780948869006