OLD PLYMOUTH . UK
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: April 28, 2020
Webpage updated: April 29, 2020

        

POSTAL SERVICE IN OLD PLYMOUTH, 1840 TO 1969

GENERAL POST OFFICE, SPEAR'S CORNER

The General Post Office at Spear's Corner,
at the junction of Tavistock Road, left, with Old Town Street.
  City of Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery.

With the General Post Office, Westwell Street, was destroyed during the Blitz of March 20th/21st 1941, a new site was sought for a temporary wartime replacement.

This was found at number 10 Tavistock Road, known as Spear's Corner after the previous occupant.  It was here that Premium Bonds were launched in Plymouth on Thursday November 1st 1956.  A special room just inside the Old Town Street entrance was set aside for the expected rush of applicants.  For the first three days the Post Office remained open from 8.30am until 6.30pm.

Mr S G R Keate was the Head Post Master in 1953.

The Spear's Corner Post Office closed on September 10th 1957 and business moved to the new General Post Office at Saint Andrew's Cross.