The History of Market Rasen Postal Service

The trade directories 1822-1937 list the Post Masters/Mistresses, the position of the Post Offices, posting boxes and times of post collection.

1822 Post Office (a branch from Hainton) Elizabeth Cox, Post Mistress- the arrival from Hainton is at 9 in the evening. And the departure to the above place is 3 in the afternoon.

1826 Post Mistress, Mrs Elizabeth Cox, Office, King Street. Letters are dispatched to Lincoln every morning at 40 min. p.3, and arrive at 5 evg. White Hart Inn listed as posting house. Mr J Beech, sub distributor of stamps and sheriff’s officer, King Street.

1835 J.L.Thornton, Post Master. Letter from London and the South and West arrive every evening at 5, and are dispatched every morning at 7.30.

White Hart Inn listed as commercial and posting house, excise office and general coach office, John Lawrence Thornton, King Street. Mr J Beech, sub distributor of stamps and sheriff’s officer, King Street.

1849 J.L.Thornton, White Hart Hotel, commercial and posting house, wine and spirit merchant, and post office, King Street.

Letters arrive by mail cart from Wragby at 20 min. Past 8 am; are dispatched 5 pm; Box closes at 4. Money orders are granted and paid at this office. Posting House- White Hart Hotel and Gordon Arms Inn.

1856 The Post Office is at the White Hart, King Street and Mr William Goodson junior is the post-master.

Letters arrive at 6.25 am and are dispatched at 5 min past 7 pm. Money orders granted and paid.

1868 Post Office in Market Place. Post and money order Office, Post Office savings Bank and Government Annuity and Insurance Office, Mr John Rhoades, postmaster, Market Place. First arrival from all parts at 6.19. Am; delivery begins at 7 am, second arrival from London, Lincoln, Eastern and Southern Counties, at 1.6pm, delivery begins at 4.30 pm. Letters dispatched at 7.6 pm. Box closes at 6.30 pm and extra stamp must be affixed up to 6.45 pm.

Stamp Office, Market Place, John Rhoades, sub-distributor.

1876

William Cocking Postmaster

1882 Post and Money Order Office, Telegraph Station, Saving Bank, and Government annuity and insurance department in Market Place. Mr William Cocking is postmaster. Letters arrive from all parts at 6.25 am and from Lincoln, London and Nottingham at 1.30 pm, and dispatched at 11.5 am, and 6.40 pm. Box closes at 6.15 pm. Sunday letters arrive at 7 am and are dispatched at 6.30 pm. Mr W Cocking listed as post master, stamp distributor and bailiff, Market Place.

1885 Post and Money Order Office, Telegraph Station, Saving Bank, and Government annuity and insurance department in Market Place. Mr William Cocking is postmaster.

First arrival from all parts at 6.19 am; delivery begins at 7am. Second arrival from Lincoln, London, Eastern and southern counties at 1.30 pm; delivery begins at 1.40 pm. Box closes at 6.15 pm and extra stamp must be affixed up to 6.30 pm.

PILLAR LETTER BOX, Queen Street, letters collected at 6.10 pm, Sunday’s, collected at 5.45 pm.

1889 Post and Money Order Office, Telegraph Station, Saving Bank, and Government annuity and insurance department in Market Place. Mr William Cocking is postmaster.

First arrival from all parts at 6.19 am; delivery begins at 7am. Second arrival from Lincoln, London, Eastern and Southern counties at 1.30 pm; delivery begins at 1.40 pm. Box closes at 6.15 pm and extra stamp must be affixed up to 6.30 pm.

PILLAR LETTER BOX, Queen Street, letters collected at 6.10 pm, Sunday’s, collected at 5.45 pm. Pillar box also in Willingham Road, cleared at 6.5 pm, Sunday at 5.40 pm

1892 Post and Money Order Office, Telegraph Station, Saving Bank, and Government annuity and insurance office in Market Place. Mr William Cocking is postmaster.

First arrival from all parts at 6.12 am; delivery begins at 7am. Second arrival from Lincoln, London, Eastern and Southern counties at 1.34 pm; delivery begins at 1.50 pm; dispatched to Lincoln, Nottingham, London and South at 10.40am. Box closes at 6.30 pm and extra stamp must be affixed up to 6.30 pm.

Letters can be posted at the railway station, with extra stamp, between the arrival and departure of the train timed to leave at 6.58 pm.

Pillar letter box, Queen Street is now collected at 10.35 am and 6 pm. Sunday’s collected at 5.45 pm. Willingham Road cleared at 10.30 am and 5.55 pm. Sunday’s at 5.40 pm.

1896 Post Office in Queen Street.

Post and Money Order Office, Telegraph Station, Express delivery, Saving Bank, and Government annuity and insurance office. Mr William Cocking is postmaster.

First arrival from all parts at 6.12 am; delivery begins at 7am. Second arrival from Lincoln, London, Eastern and Southern counties at 1.34 pm; delivery begins at 1.50 pm; dispatched to Lincoln, Nottingham, London and South at 10.40am. Box closes at 6.30 pm.

Letters can be posted at the railway station, with extra stamp, between the arrival and departure of the train timed to leave at 6.58 pm.

Pillar letter box, Queen Street is now collected at 10.35 am and 6 pm. Sunday’s collected at 5.45 pm. Willingham Road cleared at 10.30 am and 5.55 pm. Sunday’s at 5.40 pm.

1900 The times of arrivals and dispatched changed slightly. Willingham Road now a wall letter box, cleared at 5.55 pm. Sunday’s 5.40 pm.

1905 Changes- Miss Clara Ada Cocking is now Postmistress. No other changes. The boxes are listed; Pillar letter box-Queen Street, Wall letter box-Willingham Road. Pillar box-Oxford Street corner, Letter box-Station wall

Letters can be posted at the railway station with extra stamp, between the arrival and departure of the train timed to leave at 7.15pm

1909/13 No changes

1919/1922 Post and Money Order Office, Telegraph Office, 7 Queen Street (Letters should have Lincs added)- Miss  A Cocking, Postmistress. Listed as Sub-Postmistress.

1926 Post and Money Order Office, Telegraph Office, 7 Queen Street (Letters should have Lincs added)- Mr AW Stockley, Sub-Postmaster.

1937 Post Office listed as 7 Queen Street.

King George V1 box in Oxford Street