National Fame for Market Lavington Post Office

In 2020, sub-postmasters have been in the news for winning a court case, showing that some of them had been wrongly accused of false accounting, which had actually been caused by a faulty computing system. But we are looking back over twenty years from now with a recently acquired item for our museum collection.

Sub-postmasters have a professional trade organisation and this National Federation of  Sub-postmasters celebrated its centenary in 1997. What better way to celebrate than with a postcard featuring our post office!

Subpostmasters pc

Market Lavington Post Office is at the bottom left of the card with Kettleholm near Lockerbie in Scotland above and Allenheads in Northumberland to the right.

Sub post offices provide some, but not all, of the services of a main post office. Market Lavington counts itself lucky to have a post office, though it is up for sale at the present time. The village has been well served over many years, though not always in the same building. The old Posting House was in the Green Dragon public house. The Post Office was later in the shop on the corner of the Market Place, now replaced by the newer pharmacy building. It then moved to the opposite side of High Street, next to the present hairdressers, before crossing the road to its current site at the crossroads. For more information and pictures see Three Post Office locations

The neighbouring village of Easterton once had a post office too, but not any more. For more information see Easterton Post Office – then, then and now

One Response to “National Fame for Market Lavington Post Office”

  1. burgess Says:

    When i was a kid and right up until i finished my apprenticeship Mr Driver owned and operated the Post Office and shop. Earlier than that on our way to school we would pop in and buy our sweets with the 3 pence pocket money.

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