Halifax Post Offices
The earliest recorded post office in the town was in 1770, however, a
letter with a Halifax post mark dated
19th April 1751
indicates that there was a post office in Halifax some time before
In 1759, deliveries arrived in Halifax on Friday, Sunday and Tuesday.
A letter took around 3 days to travel between Halifax and London.
There were post offices at:
Well Lane, Halifax
The office at Windy Row, Bowling Green in Winding Road [opened 1790]
6 Westgate [1822, 1823]
10 Cheapside [1830 to 1849] – see Tabitha Bagnold and
William B. Akers
In 1845, a Stamp Office is recorded at 1 Old Market, Halifax.
The sub-distributor was Joseph Hartley
Over the bank at Royds' House, George Street – [1850-1857].
In September 1857, it was announced that the town would have 3
deliveries every day, instead of 2.
The last delivery was to be at 5:00 pm
In November 1865, a meeting of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce
the great necessity of a new Post Office in Halifax
and appointed a subcommittee – comprising Colonel Edward Akroyd,
Major Samuel Waterhouse, John Crossley, James
Bowman, R. Hartley, and J. W. Ward – to
take steps in the matter
The present Halifax General Post Office, on Commercial Street,
opened in 1887
On 20th August 1915, the first female telegraph officers were
employed at Halifax Post Office
There is a sorting office at Gaol Lane
William Bagnold Akers,
Tabitha Dewhirst and
Halifax Post Office Memorials
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