World’s Oldest Post Office

The world’s oldest post office celebrated its 300th birthday by receiving a stamp of approval from local MP David Mundell. Sanquhar post office in Dumfriesshire began its life as a staging post for mail carriages in 1712, and from then on it has been delivering mail efficiently to this day.

In recognition of the event, Sanquhar post office has received inquires from around the world from people wanting hand-stamps that bears the legend: “Worlds Oldest Post Office”.

Sub postmistress, Penny Murphy, gladly received a commemorative plaque; presented by local MP David Mundell, and claimed that it “proclaims their place in postal history”.

Sanquhar is additionally recognised as the world’s oldest by both the Universal Postal Union and the Guinness Book of World Records.

The closest rival to the Sanquhar Post office can be found in Stockholm, Sweden, which was founded in 1720. The third oldest is found in Santiago, Chile, was established in 1772.

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