REDCAR – Post Offices The Beginning
The first post office recorded in Redcar was in the year 1820. It was a timber framed cruck building located at numbers 38-40 High Street. The post office then had a good service with the post being collected every day (during the bathing season – Summer months). During the winter this went down to Mondays, Wednesdays Thursdays and Saturdays. This post was then taken to Guisborough to leave there at 6pm in time for the then Cleveland Post.
The Postmaster recorded in 1823 at these premises then was a Robert Walker.
The Postmaster recorded in 1833 at these premises was a John Atkinson.
This postmaster is recorded as saying that all mail from London was received at “Five minutes before ten and dispatched every afternoon at four.
During 1860 we find that the actual Post Office had moved premises along the High Street to number 44 and was still recorded there in1893. The name of the Post Office was called
“M.O & T.O.S.B & Annuity & Insurance Office”
The Postmaster at the time was recorded as Mr Edward Robert William Teggin.
The post office was flourishing as such as the opening times show that more hours were worked than today’s Post Offices.
Weekdays 7am until 9pm
Saturdays 9am until 8pm
Sundays 8am until 10am
This Post Office was supported by two letter boxes in the town
(i) 154, High Street (ii) 29 The Esplanade
Mail from these points and the Post Office was being delivered to London and ‘ all parts’
Nothing is further known about the Post Offices until in 1897 the Post Office shows that it was moved to 37, Newcomen Terrace (now Station Road) where it stayed until 1901 when it was moved to its present site in Cleveland Street. The Postmaster in 1913 was called John Glass.
The Post Office was then called the M.O.T & Telephonic Delivery Office.
dean February 5, 2010 Redcar