The Post Office has been at the heart of communities for many years. Now with over 11,500 stores across the UK, our network is still growing. Did you know, 99.7% of the UK’s population lives within three miles of a Post Office?
With changes in place for stores opening longer hours and with more services on offer, it’s no wonder that we have branches in some interesting places. Here’s an overview of the Post Office network’s most unusual branches, from the quirky, to the quaint.
Green and pleasant land
The Post Office now has more than 3000 branches open on Sunday, including this one in Green Pastures Plant Centre and Farm Shop in Bergh Apton, Norfolk. With more and more customers preferring to shop on Sundays, the option to post your parcel and pick up some tulip bulbs is a perfect combination.
A blessed space
When the local vicar in West Hampstead heard their local Post Office needed a new home, he proposed opening a new branch within the Church itself. A year later, a profitable Post Office is thriving from its new home in the beautiful St James Church. The community now have access to a welcoming space offering a range of services, from marriages to MoneyGram transfers!
The oldest Post Office in the world
Over 300 years ago, a small Post Office in Sanquhar, Scotland, first opened for business. Its origins have been traced back to 1712, where the site started out as a staging post for runners moving mail about the country on horseback and on foot.
Nowadays, this Post Office branch has recently gained a new Postmaster (only the 16th ever!): post historian Dr Manzoor Alam, along with a new business model. Dr Alam said, “My ambition is to promote the rich heritage of the past by establishing a postal museum – the only one in Scotland – and combining it with a modern business, securing this wonderful Post Office for future generations.”
A pint and post
There have also been a few pubs that have opted to house a local Post Office. The Bluebell Inn in Halkyn, North Wales, celebrated by serving some new beers, including the “First Class” and “Special Delivery” local brews. We’ll have a packet of cheese and onion crisps with our six-pack of stamps please!
We’re an eclectic bunch
Just as we celebrate the fact that our communities across the UK come in all shapes and sizes, our Post Office branches follow suit. We have Post Offices in a pet shop, library, barber’s, tea room, pharmacy, even a Monastery.
We also have a new fleet of over 40 mobile Post Offices on wheels, visiting several rural communities across Britain.
The Post Office serves over 17 million customers a week, as well as a third of small businesses, and remains a key focal point of many communities. By working with local businesses as well as more modern retailers, the Post Office is also staying open longer hours - helping more people access the services they need, at a time and place that suits them.
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