The Postal History of Alton, Hampshire

Alton Post Office

The Alton Post Office was first mentioned in the Post Office List of 1655. According to William Curtis in his ‘History of Alton’ in 1750, the mail was carried by night coach to and from London.

On 5th. April 1775 it was announced that a daily post would run from London to Alton.
The Hampshire Directory of 1784 states that he post was received from London every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday at 2 o’clock and sent to London every Sunday, Tuesday and Thurday at 6 o’clock in the evening.

The Alton Post Office was first mentioned in the Post Office List of 1635.

  • Early 1800’s – A small house in Church Street.
  • Circa 1838 – A house on the South side of Normandy Hill – now known as Crown Hill. The house was probably “King’s Library”.
  • 1840- 1875 – Mrs M.A. Caesar’s house at 66 Turk Street.
  • 1875 – 1890 – At the corner of Turk Street and High Street. (A small window through which business was conducted – although now blocked up is still visible.)
  • 1890 – 1900 – At 72 High Street, which has since been a Chemists shop.
  • 1900 – 1965 – At the bottom of Crown Hill on premises owned and erected by Mr J.H. Farthing, which were leased to the Post Office until 1965.
  • October 1965 – 2007 – Large purpose-built premises in High Street. The Post Office closed but the delivery office still operates.
  • August 2007 – Office inside of W.H. Smith’s shop in Westbrooke Walk.