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10/02/2009

Old Post Office, Tintagel, Cornwall, England


This is a photo of the Old Post Office of Tintagel, Cornwall, England. The 600-year-old traditional Cornish Longhouse is an historic building run by the National Trust.

6 comments:

Hindleyite said...

Wow, nice. I love the little coloured tints.

Thomas said...

That beats the post office near my house for sure.

Anonymous said...

wow that's never seems to be a post office at all as i think its some old age building which is being captured by authorities

Anonymous said...

"Originally built as a small manor house in the 14th century, the building is a rare example of such an early domestic dwelling in the south west corner of England. It’s life as a post office began in the
19th century, when Sir Rowland Hill’s introduction of the Penny Postage in 1840 led to the improvement of postal services in remote country places like Tintagel. Until this time, letters for the village had to be collected from Camelford, five miles away. By 1844 the village and surrounding parish were generating 125 letters per week, and so the General Post Office decided to establish a Letter Receiving Office for the district. A room was rented from the owner of the old manor house and a Letter Receiving Office set up. From the 1870s it was run by William Cobbledick Balkwill, who was also the local draper and grocer.
In the late 19th century, tourism reached Tintagel – primarily due to the Arthurian poems written by Tennyson, who had visited Tintagel in 1848. Many of the villages old buildings were torn down, to be replaced by guest houses, shops and hotels.
In 1892 the owner of the Old Post Office decided to sell it for redevelopment, and the General Post Office moved its business across the street. By 1895 the building had become virtually derelict and was put up for auction. However, a group of local artists who had become concerned at the threat to the Old Post Office, decided to act. One of them, Catherine Johns, bought the building for £300 on the understanding that means would be found to preserve it. This was achieved through sales of prints after pictures of several well-known artists in 1896, and, shortly afterwards, the fabric of the building was repaired by the leading Arts and Crafts architect, Detmar Blow, according to the strict principles laid down by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.
In 1900 the National Trust agreed to buy the building from Miss Johns for a nominal £200, raised by public appeal. The purchase was subject to a lease to Miss Johns for her lifetime and the building was finally vested in the Trust in 1903."

John | English Wilderness said...

I've never had chance to go inside the Old Post Office, though I've been to Tintagel several times :-(

Picture looks fantastic, I really should learn how to use photo editing software properly.

SEO India said...

Really so nice that i liked it too much.