Imposing post office in 1920s Worksop

This week’s Archive Corner shows the general post office in Worksop around 1920.

The Post Office, Newcastle Avenue
The Post Office, Newcastle Avenue
The Post Office, Newcastle Avenue

The rather grand-looking building was built in Newcastle Avenue in 1910.

The architect was Mr P Hopkinson and the builders were Messrs C Ilett and Sons of Worksop.

The post office was moved to this more central position from its former home at Potter Street.

This postcard, from the 1920s, shows the Billiard Hall on the extreme left, which was built in 1915.

Then beyond the post office, we can see the Picture House which was reopened in 1919, a year after the end of the First World War.

The post office site is now occupied by the bus depot.

Today Worksop town centre post office is still on Newcastle Avenue, but near to the junction with Bridge Street.

There is also a sorting office on Ryton Street, opposite the Guardian offices.

During the First World war women were called upon to take on the jobs of men away fighting.

Among those jobs was the role of postman. Women found themselves being recruited as postwomen and setting off on early morning rounds.

Postal collections in Worksop back then were numerous.

In 1915 for example, Cheapside collections were made at 5.30am, 9am, 10am, 12.30pm, 4pm, 6pm, 7pm and 9.15pm daily.

That was in the days when post was the primary form of communication.

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