Published on November 8th, 2019 | by Sam Rose
World’s Oldest Post Office Up for Sale
The world’s oldest post office building in existence has now been put up for sale by its owners who have run the service for more than four years.
Based in Dumfries and Galloway, the Sanquar Post Office is regarded as the world’s oldest post office branch.
Its current owners, Nazra Alam and husband Dr Manzoor Alam, have put the historic building up for sale, citing that after running the business for more than four years, they are now ready to step away and retire.
World’s Oldest Post Offices
Sanquar Post Office ranks as at the very top of the world’s oldest post offices, but is closely followed by two other post office branch locations which are outside of the UK.
The second oldest is a branch located in Stockholm, Sweden, which has been in existence 8 years less than the Sanquar Post Office which was established in 1712.
Following these is the third oldest post office, which can be found in Santiago, Chile and was opened to the public in 1772.
When it was first built, Sanquar Post Office originally started life as a staging post for mail carriages, with old stables which can be found on the site of the property having believed to have provided a resting place for many of the horses who would draw the mail carriages.
Much of the history of Sanquar Post Office’s main building remains intact, as it features a three-bedroom cottage, courtyard and several other outbuildings.
Future of Sanquar Post Office
Nazra Alam, co-owner of the world’s oldest post office in Sanquar, remarked that the post office has become part of Scotland’s and Sanquar’s rich history, before commenting:
“I hope someone will come along and buy it and keep it going because this is Scotland’s heritage and more particularly Sanquar’s.
The post office has been in operation since 1712 so it would be a shame to have to shut it down.”
“I’ve enjoyed every moment of running it.
The last five years have been a remarkable journey and I’ve enjoyed it, it’s a nice area and nice people and we have visitors from all over the world.”
Explaining how they intend to ensure the historic nature of the world’s oldest post office will remain, a spokesman from the Post Office has settled concerns, explaining:
“Post Office will be working with the local community to try to find a new postmaster to take on the branch and ensure it remains part of the Post Office network and Sanquar’s unique place in postal history is retained.
In the meantime, the branch remains open for business as usual.”
Other Postage Based World Records
Following on from the theme of the world’s oldest post office, we felt it was also worth noting another world record which follows a postage theme.
One such record is the world’s most valuable Christmas Card.
The invention of the Christmas Card arose in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole, with just 1,000 of them being produced at the time.
Each of the 1,000 cards were sold for a shilling each, which during this period, priced out many people from being able to purchase them and made them a luxury item.
It’s from this the world’s most valuable Christmas Card was created, when a Christmas Card that Sir Henry sent to his grandmother in the year 1843 sold at an auction on the 24th November 2011 for a staggering £20,000.
The auctioned Christmas Card is now officially known as the world’s most valuable and has been verified by Guinness World Records.
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