the town’s main post office in Newcastle Avenue was completed in 1909 and officially opened the following year, replacing an earlier one in Potter Street.
Had you walked along here in Edwardian times, one of the things you might have noticed was the telegraph poles, each carrying over 40 wires radiating out from the post office. A few carried telephone wires but most were for sending and receiving telegram traffic, one of the principal communications systems of the era. In those days it was not unusual for post offices to remain open until 10pm.
Today, ironically, the post office has returned to Newcastle Avenue.