Post Office

From Machinery to Mail (1934-1977)

Victor tells of his early life in Cambridge, the Territorial Army in Norfolk, working at Mann Egerton, and the best years of his working life as a postman in Norwich. Early life in wartime I left school in 1934. Nothing much happened in Cambridge, well it didn’t anywhere then. I lived right near the railway […]

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Not just a telephone engineer (1954-2001)

Brian reflects upon the things he learnt from the different jobs he had over the course of his working life – from working in a factory and as a groundsman before his main career with the GPO/BT. He would even get to revisit some previous skills afterwards. I failed my 11+, which I totally opposed. […]

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The marshland post office (1950s – 2022)

Freda tells about her life growing up in Freethorpe post office, a family history, and taking over the running of the post office in 1977, returning to the house that she was born in. I was born in 1945, right at the end of the war, in the house that we are sitting in now, […]

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The Post Office (1950s-1990)

Alan gave us this description of his working life at the Post Office and in telecommunications. Preamble I had a basic education and left school in 1952 at the age of 15, without any examination qualifications. Destined to follow my father into his workplace, an engineering factory. Or perhaps some form of apprenticeship or a […]

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The post office engineer – and the horses (1940s-2016)

Although most of Dick’s life was as a Post Office engineer, his first job was as ‘ho gee’ boy on the farm. My first job was before I’d left school. I started work when I was 11 year old on the farm as a ‘ho gee’ boy. In those days [late 1940s] agriculture was labour […]

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