Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: May 08, 2020
Webpage updated: May 08, 2020




As a result of the Post Office (Parcels) Act 1882 the Parcel Post service was introduced in Plymouth on Wednesday August 1st 1883.

The rates of postage were:

Parcels not exceeding 1lbs in weight, 3d;

Not exceeding 3lbs, 6d;

Not exceeding 5lbs, 9d;

Not exceeding 7lbs, the maximum, 1s.

Parcels must not be placed in a letter box but handed over the Post Office counter.  Letter carriers (both town and rural) are forbidden from collecting parcels from members of the public.  No parcel post service on Sundays, Christmas Day or Good Friday.

A large corrugated iron sorting office has been erected by the Post-office Department, on a piece of ground in front of the Millbay railway station, as a central depot and forwarding office.  This office, which is under the control of the Postmaster, of Plymouth, will not be open under any circumstances whatever to the public for then posting of parcels.

The deliveries to Plymouth and East Stonehouse will be carried out by five men with horses and carts as follows:

At 8am from all parts of the UK;

At 3pm from London, Scotland, Ireland, and the north and south of England;

At 6.30pm from all parts of the UK.

Deliveries to Devonport were to be carried out by Mr G F Sibley of the Tavistock Hotel Livery Stables, who succeed in securing the contract for the delivery of the parcels, and has had a van of the new regulation type built specially for this purpose.

Devonport General Post Office was extended to deal with the new parcel service.  The parcels were to be sorted in the old letter sorting room and the letters sorted in the new building.