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A Community Hub

Episode 9 of 15

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 15 December 2011

During the nineteenth century the post office became a central pillar in the community; a symbol of order, stability and public service. As well as stamps and stationary, sub-postmasters supplied news, advice and local gossip. From 1862 the Post Office Savings Bank offered savings accounts to poorer people for the first time.

As Royal Mail faces an uncertain future, Dominic Sandbrook charts the development of the post office and examines it's impact on literacy, free speech, commerce and communication

Writer and Presenter: Dominic Sandbrook

Musicians: Sam Lee, Bella Hardy, Mick Sands, Nick Hart

Actors: Morgan George, John Sessions, Simon Tcherniak,
Malcolm Tierney, Jane Whittenshaw

Producer: Joby Waldman
A Somethin Else production for BBC Radio 4.

  • 'A Country Post Office'

    'A Country Post Office'

    Oil on canvas by Edward Villiers Rippingille.
    Depicts cottage with large shop windows, bearing a sign saying 'Post Office'. There are several people coming to, or leaving, the cottage.
    Date: 1837

    © Royal Mail Group Ltd 2011 / The British Postal Museum & Archive


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