Occupations: Postal


Postmasters, etc, from Kelly's 1900 Directory of Norfolk

The city of Norwich, and the towns such as Holt, King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth, Wymondham, etc, had postmasters, who were in charge of the main post offices, the delivery of post, issuing and paying postal orders, telegraphs, etc.

Towns often also had small sub post offices, so that there was one within a short distance of most people. For example, Great Yarmouth had one main post office, in the charge of Lewis S. Lugg, the postmaster, and 14 sub post offices in the charge of sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses.

Those villages which were large enough (about 480 of the more than 700 Norfolk places) also had a post office. It was often part of a village shop or business, such as a draper, and was in the charge of a sub-postmaster or sub-postmistress. This was one occupation in which women were well represented. In the list below, more than 100 sub post offices were held by sub-postmistresses.

In the list, no distinction is made between postmasters and sub-postmasters, though it can probably be assumed that all women were sub-postmistresses. Please see the directory for the exact job title.

A typical entry in Kelly's Directory of Norfolk for 1900 is:

Post Office.-- James Hubbard, sub-postmaster. Letters through Norwich, via Acle, arrive at 7.45 a.m.; dispatched, 3.30 p.m. No sunday dispatch. Postal orders are issued here, but not paid. The nearest money order & telegraph office is at Acle, 3 miles distant.

Today, there are still main post offices in towns, and sub post offices in villages, but usually only when a village shop has survived. Many village shops have closed because they cannot compete with supermarkets, and closure has also meant the end of the village post office.

Copyright © Pat Newby
April 1999.

Postmasters and Postmistresses from Kelly's 1900 Directory of Norfolk

This list was extracted by (and is copyright ©) Richard Johns

 Alcock     David             Wendling
 Postmasters, sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses
 Abbey      William           Guist
 Abram      Alfred            Thornage
 Abram      Frederick Wm.     Little Walsingham
 Aldis      Charles Walter    South Creake
 Aldous     Henry             Honingham
 Alexander  Edward            South Walsham
 Allen      George            Rockland All Saints
 Allen      Robert            Stanhoe
 Allen      Mrs. Sarah        Shropham
 Allington  William           Old Buckenham
 Amis       Henry William     Salhouse
 Andrews    Thomas James      Swainsthorpe
 Anscombe   Frederick Thomas  Wicklewood
 Appleton   John              Postwick
 Argyle     John William      Yarmouth (Blackfriars Road)
 Argyle     Ernest L.         Yarmouth (Nelson Road)
 Arthurton  John              Holme Hale
 Back       James Edward      Hindringham
 Bailey     Frederic William  Barton Turf
 Baker      George            Rushford
 Baker      Robert            Tottenhill
 Baker      Miss Dorothy A.   Blakeney
 Bales      Mrs. Jemima       Great Bircham
 Bane       James             Hales
 Barber     Frederick         Ellingham
 Barber     James             Ringland
 Barber     Mrs. Eleanor      Lamas
 Barber     Mrs. Emma         Starston
 Barcham    Mrs. Eliza        Sheringham (Lower)
 Barham     George Harry      Trowse
 Barnard    Mrs. Maria        East Harling
 Barnes     Johm              Clenchwarton
 Barrett    George            North Runcton
 Barrow     Edward E.         West Dereham
 Bastard    Benjamin          Erpingham
 Bean       Mrs. Mary         Marlingford
 Becket     George            Overstrand
 Beckett    Miss Alice Maude  Dersingham
 Bee        James             Haddiscoe
 Beeston    Philip            Mileham
 Beeston    Mrs. Hannah       Rockland St. Mary
 Bell       Thomas            Stow Bardolph (Stow)
 Bennett    George Thomas     Tilney St. Lawrence
 Bidewell   Frederick         Wood Norton
 Billman    William           Foulden
 Bird       Alfred            Scottow
 Blackburn  Willie John       Brancaster Staithe
 Blaxter    Mrs. Mary Ann     Hillington
 Blower     Michael           Gimingham
 Blyth      Samuel Spatchet   Caister
 Blythe     Alfred            Easton
 Boast      Elijah William    Langham
 Boswell    Henry             Neatishead
 Bowery     Miss Minna        Taverham
 Bowman     John Russell      Colney
 Boyce      William Edward    Mundford
 Bradshaw   Thomas            North Walsham
 Breeze     Robert            Crownthorpe
 Bristow    George            Yarmouth (King Street)
 Brock      Charles John      Freethorpe
 Brooke     Ellen Maria       Harleston
 Brooks     Burwood           Gissing
 Brooks     Henry             Hanworth
 Brown      John              Yarmouth (Regent Road)
 Brown      Mrs. Harriet      Wood Rising
 Browne     Philip William    Reedham
 Brunson    Alfred John       Runham
 Buck       George            Thorpe Market
 Buck       Benjamin          Trunch
 Bugdale    James             Little Snoring
 Bullock    Mrs. Ann          Winterton
 Burrage    Henry             Sprowston
 Burrows    Eldred            Burston
 Bushell    Frederick         Yarmouth (Beccles Road)
 Buxton     Elijah            Billingford (near Dereham)
 Buxton     Samuel            Needham
 Cable      Mrs. Isabella
              Royston         Burnham Market
 Calver     Henry Frederick   Yarmouth (St. Peter's Road)
 Cammack    Frederick         Terrington St. John (Middle Drove)
 Carr       Augustus          Methwold
 Carse      James Richard     Walsoken (Old)
 Carter     Edward David      Snetterton
 Cattermoul Mrs. Emily        Stalham
 Catton     Mrs. Sarah        Bawdeswell
 Cawthorn   William Walter    Upwell (Three Holes Bridge)
 Chamberlin John George       Wroxham
 Chaplin    Miss Anna         Framingham Earl
 Chaplin    Mrs. Phoebe       West Bradenham
 Chaplin    John, jun.        Ludham
 Chapman    William           Bintry
 Chapman    Thomas            Fundenhall
 Chapman    Oliver Charles    Litcham
 Chapman    Arthur Suttle     Tittleshall
 Chapman    John              Upwell (Nordelph)
 Chapman    John R.           Yarmouth (Crown Road)
 Chestney   Walter            Aldborough
 Child      David William     Bawburgh
 Churchman  Mrs. Elizabeth    Wood Dalling
 Churchyard Henry William     Pulham St. Mary Magdalen
 Clare      Samuel Critoph    Holt
 Claxton    John James        Swanton Novers
 Clements   Mrs. Sarah        Lessingham
 Coan       James             Morton
 Cobbin     Miss Louisa       Gooderstone
 Cockrill   William Ballard   Yarmouth (Town)
 Cole       Charles           Ridlington
 Cole       Charles           Witton (near North Walsham)
 Collins    Adam W.           Moulton St. Mary
 Colman     Frederick         Southrepps
 Cook       Henry             West Newton
 Cook       Frederick         Great Snoring
 Cooke      William           Bramerton
 Cooper     Richard Parker    Sparham
 Cooper     Abraham S.        Yarmouth (Market Place)
 Cooper     Mrs. Lydia        Outwell
 Copping    James Benjamin    Worstead
 Corston    Jonathan          Bunwell
 Coulson    Albert            Hilgay
 Cox        Thomas            South Lopham
 Cracknell  Mrs. Alice        Stiffkey
 Crane      Robert Jeremiah   Banningham
 Crane      Thomas            Marsham
 Cuddon     Mrs. Elizabeth    Reveningham (sic)
 Curson     George Webster    West Walton (Church End)
 Curston    James             South Pickenham
 Cutter     John              Bridgham
 Dalton     Samuel            Welney
 Dane       Samuel            Shouldham Thorpe
 Davey      Edward            Tivetshall St. Margaret
 Deadman    Thomas Livermore  Weasenham St. Peter
 Debenham   Harry A.          Thorpe Abbott
 Delamore   Mrs. Elizabeth    Walpole St. Andrew
 Dexter     Frederick         Stow Bedon (Lower)
 Dodman     Robert Thomas     Barney
 Doe        Charles           Larling
 Doughty    Walter            Suffield
 Douse      James William     Shipdham
 Downing    Mrs. Matilda      Riddlesworth
 Drew       George            Caistor St. Edmund
 Ducker     David Frederick   Happisburgh
 Dunn       Charles           Necton
 Dunnett    Ernest J.         Ashill
 Eagle      William           North Pickenham
 Edwards    Robert            Dereham (Toftwood)
 Elliott    John              Dickleburgh
 Ellis      Thomas William    Loddon
 Ellis      John              Terrington St. Clement
 Emerson    John              Fulmodeston
 Emerson    John              Croxton
 English    William           Boughton
 English    Benjamin          Filby
 Everson    Thomas            Stratton Strawless
 Ewer       Henry             Snettisham
 Fairbairn  Robert            Oulton
 Falgate    Thomas            Forncett St. Mary
 Farman     Charles William   Burlingham St. Andrew
 Farrow     James             Yaxham
 Faulkner   John George       Narborough
 Feather    Alfred            Sea Palling
 Fennings   Edward John       Hempton
 Fickling   Miss Martha       Saham Toney
 Fillenham  Walt. Edmund      Gaywood
 Finch      Matthew           Garveston
 Flatman    Charles John      Booton
 Flowerdew  William           Walcott
 Flowers    Baker             Kirby Cane
 Forster    Samuel Joseph     Cawston
 Fox        David             Forncett St. Peter
 Fox        Thomas            Horsham St. Faith's
 Fox        Miss Maria        Binham
 Fox        Mrs. Harriet      Cromer
 Funnell    Robert            Bracon Ash
 Futter     William           Tuttington
 Galloway   Thomas            Oxburgh
 Gardner    William Amos      Billingford (near Diss)
 Garrett    Charles           Frettenham
 Garwood    Miss Lucy Ann     Houghton
 Gaul       James             Ingworth
 Gaze       John              Halvergate
 Gibbs      Samuel Arthur     Rollesby
 Gibson     Thomas            Kenninghall
 Godfrey    Arthur William    Seething
 Goldsmith  Charles           Great Fransham
 Goodman    George            Little Dunham
 Goodwin    Miss Charlotte    Plumstead
 Goose      Mrs. Margaret     Horsey (Waxham)
 Gotts      Mrs. Robert(sic)  Aylmerton
 Gotts      Mrs. Ann          Honing
 Grand      George            Colton
 Gray       Miss Emma         Paston
 Green      Reuben            Woodbastwick
 Green      Mrs. Frances      Hunworth
 Green      Mrs. Emma N.      West Lexham
 Greene     Miss Annie        Castle Rising
 Groom      Ernest J. H.      Beetley
 Groom      Mrs. Sarah Ann    Holkham
 Grunow     Mrs. Isabel       Flitcham
 Gunn       Christopher       Wimbotsham
 Haggith    Robert            Bacton
 Haggith    Arthur Jabez      Mundesley
 Hall       James             Drayton
 Hall       Herbert Arthur    Fersfield
 Hall       James             Middleton
 Halls      Arthur            Yarmouth (Cobholm Island)
 Hammaway   John              Downham (Railway Road)
 Hamnell    Paul              Swardeston
 Hanley     Zachariah         West Walton (Highway)
 Harbour    Albert            Flordon
 Harrington George            Stokesby
 Harrison   William Lancelot  King's Lynn
 Harrison   William, jun.     Strumpshaw
 Harrowven  Henry             Catton
 Harvey     James             Hethersett
 Harvey     George E.         Witchingham
 Harvey     Mrs. Eliza        Tivetshall St. Mary
 Hazell     March             Hempnall
 Hazell     Tryphena          Walsoken (Town)
 Hazlewood  Simeon            Quidenham
 Henden     Mrs. William      Sidestrand
 Herring    Robert            Tottington
 Hewitt     Mrs. Elizabeth    Swafield
 Hipper     Robert Wm. Henry  Edgefield
 Hipperson  Arthur            Shouldham
 Holliday   William           Scarning
 Holman     Charles Fen       Dereham (Norwich Road)
 Hooper     Harbord           Martham
 Horn       James             Barton Bendish
 Horn       James             Denver
 Horne      James Joseph      Longham
 Horne      William Pratt     Stoke Holy Cross
 Howard     Edward            Swanton Abbot
 Howard     Harry             Thetford
 Howes      George            Brisley
 Howlett    Mrs. Mary         Stow Bardolph (Stow Bridge)
 Hubbard    James             Beighton
 Hubbard    James             Rushford (Shadwell)
 Hudson     Edward            Cley
 Huggins    Robert            Hockering
 Inman      James Henry       Upwell
 Jacobs     Samuel            Brancaster
 Jacobs     George Harry      Sedgeford
 James      Frederick Wyatt   Yarmouth (Northgate Street)
 James      Mrs. Susan        Congham
 Jarrard    John              Stradsett
 Jones      Samuel            Lingwood
 Juby       Mrs. Sarah Ann    Hedenham
 Kemp       Mrs. Sarah        Heacham
 Kemp       Mrs. A.           Hempstead
 Kent       Joseph            Gillingham
 Kerrison   Robert            Elmham
 Kersey     John              Wrenningham
 Kingaby    Robert            Hingham
 Kirby      George            Tasburgh
 Laight     William           Acle
 Lawrence   Frederick Barret  Garboldisham
 Laws       John              Costessey
 Laws       Miss Martha       Fincham
 Leeder     Charles           Field Dalling
 Leverett   Edward            Thurton
 Lewis      Miss Ruth         Salthouse
 Lincoln    Mrs. Ellen        Moulton St. Michael
 Linden     Arthur            Briningham
 Linder     John              Melton Constable
 Lines      Philip            Dereham (Baxter Row)
 Lock       Stephen, jun.     Downham
 Long       Herbert W.        Bale
 Long       John              Lyng
 Love       Henry             Elsing
 Lovett     Mrs. Eliza        Little Fransham
 Lowe       Thomas R.         Dereham
 Lown       Miss Mary         Sheringham (Upper)
 Lugg       Lewis S.          Yarmouth
 Lyndo      Stephen           Repps-with-Bastwick
 Lyndoe     Harrison          Wereham
 Mace       George M.         North Walsham (White Horse)
 Macrow     Miss Emma         Diss (Victoria Road)
 Madgett    Frederick         Roydon (near Diss)
 Maidstone  Leonard           Great Plumstead
 Mallett    Mrs. Sarah        Ranworth
 Mann       William Henry     Sandringham
 Marsh      Henry             East Winch
 Marsters   Matthew           South Wootton
 Mason      Mrs. Maria        Crimplesham
 Mason      Mrs. Jessie       South Raynham
 Matthews   Arthur            Great Cressingham
 McCreedy   Harcourt          Aylsham
 Meale      Luther George     Foxley
 Mee        John              Stoke Ferry
 Merrison   Benjamin Winter   Brundall
 Middleton  Frederick Wm.     Mulbarton
 Minns      Charles Robert    Tilney All Saints
 Mitchell   George            Swanton Morley
 Morris     Mrs. Sarah Ann    Burgh St. Peter
 Moy        John              Roughton
 Muffett    William           East Bilney
 Munford    Robert            Swannington
 Murrell    John              Caston
 Murrell    Mrs. Clara        Carbrooke
 Muskett    William           Newton Flotman
 Muttitt    Alfred William    Aldeby
 Narborough William Matthew   Wiggenhall St. Mary Magdalen
 Neave      James             East Tuddenham
 Nelson     William           Besthorpe
 Newing     Ernest Newman     East Rudham
 Newstead   James             Rackheath
 Nicholds   Mrs. Elizabeth    Castle Acre
 Nicholson  George Harrison   Yarmouth (Southtown)
 Noble      Mrs. Emily        Bressingham
 Norgate    Walter            Stibbard
 Norman     Arthur            Sutton
 Nunn       Mrs. Elizabeth    Thompson
 Osborne    George            Pentney
 Osborne    Richard Noah      Surlingham
 Ottaway    Robert James      Saxthorpe
 Overton    Walter            Docking
 Page       William           Attleborough
 Palmer     Arthur John       Feltwell
 Palmer     Alfred            Pulham St. Mary the Virgin
 Palmer     Albert Henry      Wortwell
 Parfect    Mrs. Mary Elizbth Morley St. Peter
 Parfect    Mrs.              Wymondham (Suton)
 Parker     Walter James      Thorpe St. Andrew
 Parlett    Robert            Marham
 Parnell    Nathaniel         West Lynn
 Patrick    William           Gayton
 Pawson     Joseph B.         Denton
 Payne      Robert Gamble     Bodham
 Payne      William           West Runton
 Peake      Mrs. Phoebe       Rushall
 Pearce     William Funnell   Diss
 Pease      John              Barnham Broom
 Pegg       Orris Robert      Hindolveston
 Pengelley  Thomas Ernest     Fakenham
 Pestell    Mrs. Harriet      Edingthorpe
 Pettitt    John              Hockwold
 Phoenix    Walter Charles    Deopham
 Pollard    Samuel            Potter Heigham
 Pooley     William Cook      Topcroft
 Porter     Barley Page       Southery
 Potter     Henry             Holme-next-the-Sea
 Preston    Mrs. Eliza        Beeston
 Puxley     William           Runton
 Pyke       William           Gresham
 Racey      William           Emneth
 Randell    James             Trimingham
 Raven      James T.          Foulsham
 Rayner     William           Brinton
 Rayner     Mrs. Lydia        Hardwick
 Reeve      James             Terrington St. John
 Reeve      George            Walpole St. Peter
 Reeve      William           Winfarthing
 Regester   William           Great Dunham
 Richardson Miss Martha Ann   Great Ryburgh
 Riches     James Vincent     Burnham Overy Staithe
 Riches     Arthur            Hardingham
 Riches     George Benjamin   Watlington
 Richmond   James R.          Weston Longville
 Rivitt     Edward            Southburgh
 Rix        Henry             Beechamwell
 Rix        Henry George      Eccles
 Roberts    William Philip    Hainford
 Robinson   Walter Beart      Brockdish
 Rolfe      George            North Walsham (Spa Common)
 Roll       Mrs. Ann          Thurne
 Rope       Mrs. Lucy Morriss Horning
 Roy        Alfred Edward     Coltishall
 Roy        Herbert G.        Helhoughton
 Royall     John Richard      Woodton
 Rudd       Miss Lydia A.     Reepham
 Ruddock    Simon Peter       North Lopham
 Sales      Thomas            Cantley
 Salmon     Joseh B.          Yarmouth (South Gorleston)
 Samson     Mrs. Mary Ann     Wiggenhall St. German
 Saunders   Alfred Charles    Banham
 Saunders   William           Burgh (Aylsham) 
 Saward     Mrs. S. E.        Wolferton
 Scutts     Charles           Scole
 Seaman     George Henry      Mattishall
 Sewter     William           Sculthorpe
 Sexton     Mrs. Joseph       Knapton
 Sharman    Robert Tripp      Toft Monks
 Shephard   Mrs. Rebecca      East Barsham
 Sheringham Mrs. Rosamond
              Anna            Letheringsett
 Shinkfield James             West Winch
 Sidell     Mrs. Mary         Westwick
 Simmons    Thomas            Saxlingham Nethergate
 Simmons    Elijah            West Somerton
 Smith      James Richard     Croxton
 Smith      William           Morley St. Botolph
 Smithson   Horace            Ketteringham
 Softley    John              West Acre
 Softley    Frederick         Thuxton
 Southgate  Samuel            Hunstanton (Railway)
 Southgate  Miss Jane         Wells
 Sparrow    Mrs. Ann          Colkirk
 Spink      Geo. David John   Weybourne
 Spink      Mrs. Harriet Lucy Felmingham
 Stacey     Jonathon          Haveringland
 Starr      Frederick         Long Stratton
 Stearman   Walter Marler     Smallburgh
 Stedman    Allen Bertie      Thursford
 Steel      James             Harpley
 Steel      George            Weeting
 Stimpson   William           Witton (near Norwich)
 Stone      George            Keswick
 Stott      Mrs. Mary Ann     West Raynham
 Stoveld    William           Watton
 Stubbings  Mrs. Julia        Barford
 Sturgeon   George Charles    Norwich (Castle Meadow)
 Sutherland Thomas Edward     Thornham
 Sword      Samuel            Little Melton
 Sycamore   Thomas Reuben     Geldeston
 Tann       Ephraim           Tacolneston
 Taylor     Miss Elizabeth    Alburgh
 Taylor     Mrs. Elizabeth    Guestwick
 Thing      James Neale       Whissonsett
 Thomas     Richard Edwin     Rougham
 Thompson   Robert            Felthorpe
 Thompson   Thomas            Wighton
 Thompson   Miss Jane         Itteringham
 Thrower    Alfred Bernard    Heydon
 Tillott    Misses Emma
              and Anne        East Wretham
 Titlow     Henry James       Swaffham
 Tooke      Robert            Burgh St. Margaret
 Townshend  William           Ingoldisthorpe
 Tricker    Frederick Wm.     Carleton Rode
 Trudgill   Edward            Aslacton
 Tuck       Miss Susannah     Walsingham (Great)
 Turner     James             Hickling
 Tye        Mrs. Sarah        Gressenhall
 Tyrrell    Henry Robert      Scoulton
 Upton      Frank             Northwold
 Wade       Mrs. Margaret     Hevingham
 Wales      Arthur            Ringstead
 Walker     George            Little Ellingham
 Walker     John              Hilborough
 Walker     Miss Sarah Burton North Creake
 Walker     Mrs. Sarah Ann    Tattersett
 Ward       Edward John       Hoveton St. John
 Warren     John Joseph       Hockham
 Watkins    Mrs. Elizabeth    Wormegay
 Watts      George            Brampton
 Webb       Frederic Merton   Baconsthorpe
 Webster    James             Stow Bedon
 Weddup     William           Burgh Apton (sic)
 Wegg       Miss Mary Ann     Cockley Cley
 Wells      Thomas            Ingham
 Wells      Henry             Northrepps
 West       Miss Maria        Tibenham
 West       Mrs. Elizabeth    Great Massingham
 Wharton    George            Wymondham (Spooner Row)
 Whitaker   William           Warham All Saints
 Whitehand  James             Ashwellthorpe
 Whiting    John W. G.        Yarmouth (North Denes)
 Whybrow    Mrs. Sarah        Stow Bardolph (Barroway Drove)
 Wicks      George Robert     Shotesham All Saints
 Wightman   Hugh W.           Catfield
 Wiles      George Frederick  Terrington St. John (Fen End)
 Wilkins    William           Great Ellingham
 Williams   John Llewellyn    New Buckenham
 Willimont  Walter Henry      Syderstone
 Wilmot     Hilton            Wymondham (Market Place)
 Woodcock   Thomas            Briston
 Woods      Walter            Buxton
 Woods      Arthur            Ditchingham
 Woods      Mrs. Emily        Hunstanton (Town)
 Woolston   Mrs. Emily        Hemsby
 Worrell    William           Grimston
 Wright     John              Blofield
 Wright     Isaac             Earsham
 Wright     Charles           Sporle
 Yallop     Richard Fryer     Brooke
 Yallop     Frederick Wm.     Norton Subcourse
 Yallop     Arthur            Ormesby
 Youels     George            Shelfanger
 Young      Mrs. Margaret     Titchwell
 Youngman   Charles Fred      Blofield Corner
 Youngman   Miss Anna
              Elizabeth       East Ruston
 Youngs     Enoch             Upton (with Fishley)