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Postal, Telegraph and Telephone Services in the Gillingham area

Dave Knox, Gillingham Postman, photographed by Julie Hansford
A modern day photograph of a Gillingham Postman has prompted David Lloyd to start a research project about the Postal, Telegraph and Telephone Services in Gillingham and area. Dave Knox, photographed by Julie Hansford, is shown on deliveries in the January snow of 2010.

Do you have any articles, information or photographs which can be added to the project? If so, please email davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk



Postal, Telegraph & Telephone Services in Gillingham and area.



 

 

 

Source

Postmaster

Hugh HANSFORD

Mail from London arrives at 11.00am and is dispatched at 2.00pm

Pigot & Co.’s directory 1823

Postmaster

Hugh HANSFORD

Letters from all parts arrive at 8.00am and despatched at six

Pigot & Co.’s directory

1830

Postmaster

James READ

Letters from all parts arrive at 8.00am and despatched at 5.30pm

Pigot & Co.’s directory

1842

 

Postmaster

James READ

London letters arrive 8.30am and are dispatched 4.45pm.

Letters from Shaftesbury arrive at 6.45pm and are dispatched at 8.30am

Post Office Directory 1848

Postmaster

James READ

Letters arrive from London and the West of England at 9.00am and from Salisbury etc at 5.00pm. Despatched to London etc via Wincanton at 5.00pm and to Salisbury etc at 9.00am

Hunt & Co’s Directory 1851

Postmaster

James READ

Letters from all parts arrive from Wincanton at 8.30am and are despatched at 3.45pm

Slater’s directory 1852

Postmaster

Silvester EDGAR

London letters arrive 8.30am and are dispatched 4.45pm.  Letters from Shaftesbury arrive at 5.00pm and are dispatched at 8.30am.  Money orders granted and paid.

Post Office Directory 1855

Postmaster

Silvester EDGAR

London letters arrive at 8.00am and are dispatched at 5.00pm.  Bags from Shaftesbury and Blandford arrive at 5.00pm and are dispatched at 8.00am.

Money-orders are granted and paid.

Harrod & Co 1865

Post, Money Order & Telegraph Office, Savings Bank & Government Insurance & Annuity Office

Postmaster

Silvester EDGAR

Letters arrive from London and all parts are delivered at 7.30am; from London and Salisbury at 12.15pm; box closes at 9.15am for London direct; at 7.20pm for Bath and West of England; at 6.55pm for Salisbury, London and south coast (and on Sundays at 4.30) and at 10.00pm for Shaftesbury; on Sundays one delivery by letter carriers at 8.45am.

Savings banks and money order office open from 9.00am till 6.00pm; telegraph office open from 8.00am till 8.00pm; Sundays, from 8.00am till 10.00am.

Kelly’s Directory? 1880

Postmaster

Silvester EDGAR

 

Kelly’s Directory 1885

Post, Money Order & Telegraph Office, Savings Bank & Government Insurance & Annuity Office

 

 

Hours of attendance, for sale of stamps, registration of letters etc from 7.00am to 8.00pm weekdays; Sundays from 8.00am to 10.00am; for money order and savings bank, government annuity and insurance business, and issue of licences, from 9.00am to 6.00pm; Saturdays, from 9.00am to 8.00pm; for telegraph business, from 8.00am to 8.00pm; Sundays, from 8.00am to 10.00am.

Dispatch of letters – Letters etc. can be posted for – London (night) and all parts, until 7.20pm; Sundays, 6.10pm; with one additional  ½ d. Stamp until 7.25pm; London (day), North of England , Ireland, Scotland and Wales, 9.15am; Salisbury, Southampton and South-west of England, 6.55pm Sundays 4.20pm; Shaftesbury (night) 10.00pm.

Gillingham rural deliveries 7.00am.

Town deliveries include all letters etc posted in the head office letter box half an hour before the time fixed for the commencement of the next delivery, including letters from all parts; first delivery at 7.30am; second delivery (from London, North of England , Scotland and Ireland, arriving at 12.05pm) at 12.15pm; on Sundays the first delivery only is made, commencing at 8.45am.

 

Postmaster

William Samways

 

Kelly’s Directory 1889

Post, Money Order & Telegraph Office, Savings Bank & Government Insurance & Annuity Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From 1st April, 1907, Gillingham, Dorset was reduced to the rank of an Independent Sub-Office and placed, together with its Sub-Offices, under the control of the postmaster of Shaftesbury.

The Sub-Offices  were:

East Stour, Fifehead Magdalen, Kington Magna, Milton-on-Stour, Newbury, Stour Provost.

Post Office Circular. 12 March, 1907.  Copy held in Gillingham Museum.

 

 

Vacancy advertised.

Salaried Sub-Postmastership of Gillingham – salary £140 a year

Post Office Circular 1769. 21 May 1907.

Copy held in Gillingham Museum.

 

Telephone Services

 

Opening by the Post Office of......a Call Office at Shaftesbury.  A Telephone Call Office will be opened at Shaftesbury on the 12th instant.  Trunk communication will be afforded by means of a trunk line from Salisbury at the Shaftesbury charges shewn in the list supplied with this Circular to all offices concerned.  The trunk fee for each three minutes conversation (day rate) between the London Area and Shaftesbury will be 1s., and between the Glasgow Area and Shaftesbury, 4s.6d  The Zone Centre will be Southampton.

Post Office Circular.

10 November 1908. Copy held in Gillingham Museum.

 

Telephone Services

 

SHAFTESBURY AREA including Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury 7 - Hindley ES & Sons, Engineers, Bourton.

National Telephone Directory 1910.

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Telephone Services

 

SHAFTESBURY AREA including Bourton, Gillingham, Motcombe and Shaftesbury.

Gillingham 1 – Post Office

Gillingham 2 – Hindley ES & Sons, Engineers, Bourton.

National Telephone Company Directory 1912. The G.P.O. took over from the N.T.C on 1 January 1912.

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Postmaster

G Richardson

Appointed 1937

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Postmaster

H C Flashman

Appointed 1946

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Air Mail

 

Air Mail – with a difference.

Experiments to perfect a system wherby helicopters are employed to pick up and deliver mail to an exact time-table at isolated points across the country are being conducted by the Westland Aircraft Company in Somerset and Dorset.  Westland-Sikorsky and Irvin-Bell helicopters are the machines employed, and the experimental unit is controlled by Wing Commander R.A.C. Brie.  Dummy mails were carried over the “milk run” – Yeovil, Sherborne, Gillingham, Blandford, Wimborne Minster, Poole, Wareham, Weymouth, Dorchester, Bridport, Lyme Regis back to Yeovil.

A photograph shows Postman Maurice England of Yeovil standing by his van in a field near Mudford village as a helicopter prepares to alight to pick up the mails.

Post Office Magazine article June 1948

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Postmaster

E F Howell

Appointed 1951

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Postmaster

A E Boothby

Appointed 1959

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Postmaster

J F Dickens

Appointed 1968

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Sub-Postmaster

G T Rogers

Appointed 1971

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