The Post Office

Hulverstone Post Office was run by the Newbery family. In living memory ‘Old Mrs Newbery’ (Elizabeth) and her daughter, Louisa, sold stamps, postal orders, sent telegrams and the usual post office requirements. The Post Office was in what is now Bank Cottage, Hulverstone and Carol Worrall who lived in Briar Cottage, Brook, remembers it as: a long way to go to get a stamp.

The Post Office also sold a limited amount of stationery and sweets to keep the children happy. No child minded going for a stamp if they could have a sweet as well. Joan and Doris Emmett couldn’t wait to see Miss Newbery with: our ha’penny pocket money to buy acid drops, bulls eyes, winter mixture and aniseed balls. We always kept two for Mum and Dad. At Miss Newbery’s funeral they tolled the bell for the number of years she had lived

The Post Office was a busy place and as well as local post it dealt with important parliamentary business for Sir Charles and later, General Jack Seely. In the late 1950s when the Seely Estate was sold, the Post Office was taken over by Mrs Margaret Stone at Hanover Stores, who ran it until 1969 when she retired. It was then taken over by Mrs Doris Barton who lived in The Laurels, Hulverstone and had previously worked at Freshwater Post Office. Doris ran the post office from a green caravan on the front lawn at Hanover House. After the great storm in 1987 it was re-housed alongside the main road in one of Mr Jim Hookey’s fields.  Since then, a new portakabin, this time complete with electricity, has been home to Brook Post Office. Doris retired in 1994 after being Postmistress for 30 years. She had kept up the tradition of a being a ‘sweetie haven’ for the local children despite the protests of parents worried about their children’s teeth! Mrs Kath Dobson took over as postmistress in 1994 and in 2010  still runs a flourishing post office where you will always meet someone you know and catch up on the latest news.