Market Lavington Museum

Post-box terms and conditions


In 1933 Mrs Hawes owned Wayside Cottage, on the junction of Drove Lane and Kings Road. It had (and still has) a post box built into the wall.

It would seem that Mrs Hawes wanted to know the conditions attached to having a post-box built into a house. We can imagine – indeed we did imagine – that the Post Office might pay a small rental for the site. Perhaps Mrs Hawes thought this too. We do not have her letter, but we do have the reply sent to her.

It came in an official looking envelope.

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And here is that reply.

1933 letter regarding the post-box at Wayside Cottage, Kings Road, market Lavington

1933 letter regarding the post-box at Wayside Cottage, Kings Road, Market Lavington

So there we have it. There’s no rent, but if you want it removed we’ll do it and make good the wall.

The letter box is still in place.

The letter box is still in place.

We are pleased to say that the box is still in place – having now been there for over 100 years. Long may it remain.