The Post Office
Post Office, Newtown,
from a larger photograph
Powysland Museum and
Montgomery Canal Centre
Newtown's Post Office was located at 26 Broad Street. Sutton's Directory describes the services provided as:
Post Office, Broad Street, T A Foster, Post master. Letters arrive from all parts at 7am and 4.40pm on weekdays, and at 9.30am on Sundays. Letters are despatched to all parts at 10am and 7.15pm (on Sundays at 7.15pm only). To Shrewsbury, Stafford and London at 2pm; to Llanidloes, Machynlleth, Aberystwyth, etc, at 9pm. Money Order, Savings Bank and Telegraph Office.
Postmasters were well paid and Thomas Foster was able to employ a servant. His position also enabled him to employ various relatives to help out in the office.
Penny Postage Jubilee, 1890
|26 Broad Street Newtown|
|Age||Occupation||Place of Birth||English/Welsh
|Thomas A Foster||Head||M||50||Postmaster||Congleton Cheshire||English|
|Catherine L Foster||Wife||M||46||Oswestry Salop||English|
|James A Foster||Son||9||Scholar||Oswestry Salop||English|
|George E Foster||Son||8||Scholar||Oswestry Salop||English|
|William J Foster||Son||7||Scholar||Oswestry Salop||English|
|Thomas A Hodges||Nephew||S||24||Post Office Clerk||Hackney Middlesex||English|
|Lucy V Hodges||Niece||S||22||Post Office Assistant||Hackney Middlesex||English|
|Jenny C C Hodges||Niece||S||19||Post Office Assistant||Ringland Middlesex||English|
|Cecilia Hodges||Niece||S||15||Post Office Assistant||Oswestry Salop||English|
|Fanny Jones||Serv||S||18||Domestic Servant||Churchstoke Salop||English|
Other Victorian photos of post offices in Powys can be seen on this page or click on the image below.
Staff of Brecon Post Office c1890
Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery