Westbury Manor Museum

Fareham

The Post Office, 'High Street', Fareham,1973
by Betty Hansford

Post Office

In 1653 Charles I introduced a public postal service to cover the cost of Royal mail. Until 1840, postage was paid for by the receiver, rather than the sender, and the change created a need for local post office branches. The 'High Street' branch opened as a "Money Order Receiving Office" in 1889. The Sub-Postmaster was Alfred Emery who also ran a grocery. By 1896, he also sold postal orders and stamps, moving to 2 Wickham Road (pictured) in 1901, with Mary Mansbridge as Sub Postmistress. This scene was painted in 1973 for the then owners David and Lillian Hawkesworth. The branch closed in 2003.

Watercolour.