The World’s Oldest Working Post Office

Did you know that the world’s oldest continuously working post office is right here in the UK?

Plaque on the wall of the Sanquhar Post Office.

Plaque on the wall of the Sanquhar Post Office.

Sanquhar is a small town in Dumfriesshire, Scotland; it’s kinda out of the way and you probably wouldn’t pass through it unless you were in the area (or have a Mum living there!)

I guess that’s partly why this little treasure survived – if it had been in a larger city, it would have been “improved” years ago; closed and shifted somewhere newer, bigger, more efficient. Instead, there it stands; quietly sending mail for the past 303 years.

And the best bit? Thanks to new Postmaster, Manzoor Alam and family; who stepped in at a time a feared closure was almost definite; it will continue to do so for years to come.

Mr Manzoor; Postmaster, Stamp Collector, Postal Historian & Mail Hero

Mr Alam; Postmaster, Postal Historian, Stamp Collector and; let’s be honest; Mail History Hero!

Mr Alam, Sir, we; the post fanatics; salute you!

As many of you know, I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for all things postal; so it may come as no surprise to know that special hand stamped postcards featuring this Post Office were on pretty much regular order with the previous Postmistress. They certainly prove very popular over on Postcrossing!

Fortunately, I am informed that Mr Alam fully intends to continue this service!

Such an unassuming little place, I especially love the old bay window.

It’s such an unassuming little place, I especially love the old bay window.

The idea of a postal museum in the town is also something the Alams have been giving some consideration to. I, for one, think that would be a great idea; and one that Royal Mail, Post Office counters & Historic Scotland etc should support.

We should be proud of our history, not let things close because ; as we are so often told; they are no longer new & shiny or deemed profitable enough.

I'll be walking through these doors again very soon, and I'll be sure to say hello from you all!!

I’ll be walking through these doors again very soon, and I’ll be sure to say hello from you all!!

What do you think?                                                        I’d love to see your comments below!

And, as always, thanks for stopping by! 

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2 thoughts on “The World’s Oldest Working Post Office

    • It’s really quaint, isn’t it?
      I WAS going to say “like one of those olde worlde village post offices that you get on Christmas cards” then it occurred to me, that’s because that is EXACTLY what it is…. #HeadNotAwakeYet

      You’re welcome anytime Rosa! We can go on dragon trails & visit all the unicorns before heading down to stay in mum’s guest room and send mail from her wee PO 😀

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