The Post Office

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
Penny Postage Jubilee, 1890
Radnorshire Museum

1891 Census
26 Broad Street Newtown
Name Position in
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, Brecon Post Office
Staff of Brecon Post Office c1890
Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery