Towns often also had small sub post offices, so that there was one within a short distance of most people. For example, Great Yarmouth had one main post office, in the charge of Lewis S. Lugg, the postmaster, and 14 sub post offices in the charge of sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses.
Those villages which were large enough (about 480 of the more than 700 Norfolk places) also had a post office. It was often part of a village shop or business, such as a draper, and was in the charge of a sub-postmaster or sub-postmistress. This was one occupation in which women were well represented. In the list below, more than 100 sub post offices were held by sub-postmistresses.
In the list, no distinction is made between postmasters and sub-postmasters, though it can probably be assumed that all women were sub-postmistresses. Please see the directory for the exact job title.
A typical entry in Kelly's Directory of Norfolk for 1900 is:
Today, there are still main post offices in towns, and sub post offices in villages, but usually only when a village shop has survived. Many village shops have closed because they cannot compete with supermarkets, and closure has also meant the end of the village post office.
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Receiver Alcock David Wendling Postmasters, sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses Abbey William Guist Abram Alfred Thornage Abram Frederick Wm. Little Walsingham Aldis Charles Walter South Creake Aldous Henry Honingham Alexander Edward South Walsham Allen George Rockland All Saints Allen Robert Stanhoe Allen Mrs. Sarah Shropham Allington William Old Buckenham Amis Henry William Salhouse Andrews Thomas James Swainsthorpe Anscombe Frederick Thomas Wicklewood Appleton John Postwick Argyle John William Yarmouth (Blackfriars Road) Argyle Ernest L. Yarmouth (Nelson Road) Arthurton John Holme Hale Back James Edward Hindringham Bailey Frederic William Barton Turf Baker George Rushford Baker Robert Tottenhill Baker Miss Dorothy A. Blakeney Bales Mrs. Jemima Great Bircham Bane James Hales Barber Frederick Ellingham Barber James Ringland Barber Mrs. Eleanor Lamas Barber Mrs. Emma Starston Barcham Mrs. Eliza Sheringham (Lower) Barham George Harry Trowse Barnard Mrs. Maria East Harling Barnes Johm Clenchwarton Barrett George North Runcton Barrow Edward E. West Dereham Bastard Benjamin Erpingham Bean Mrs. Mary Marlingford Becket George Overstrand Beckett Miss Alice Maude Dersingham Bee James Haddiscoe Beeston Philip Mileham Beeston Mrs. Hannah Rockland St. Mary Bell Thomas Stow Bardolph (Stow) Bennett George Thomas Tilney St. Lawrence Bidewell Frederick Wood Norton Billman William Foulden Bird Alfred Scottow Blackburn Willie John Brancaster Staithe Blaxter Mrs. Mary Ann Hillington Blower Michael Gimingham Blyth Samuel Spatchet Caister Blythe Alfred Easton Boast Elijah William Langham Boswell Henry Neatishead Bowery Miss Minna Taverham Bowman John Russell Colney Boyce William Edward Mundford Bradshaw Thomas North Walsham Breeze Robert Crownthorpe Bristow George Yarmouth (King Street) Brock Charles John Freethorpe Brooke Ellen Maria Harleston Brooks Burwood Gissing Brooks Henry Hanworth Brown John Yarmouth (Regent Road) Brown Mrs. Harriet Wood Rising Browne Philip William Reedham Brunson Alfred John Runham Buck George Thorpe Market Buck Benjamin Trunch Bugdale James Little Snoring Bullock Mrs. Ann Winterton Burrage Henry Sprowston Burrows Eldred Burston Bushell Frederick Yarmouth (Beccles Road) Buxton Elijah Billingford (near Dereham) Buxton Samuel Needham Cable Mrs. Isabella Royston Burnham Market Calver Henry Frederick Yarmouth (St. Peter's Road) Cammack Frederick Terrington St. John (Middle Drove) Carr Augustus Methwold Carse James Richard Walsoken (Old) Carter Edward David Snetterton Cattermoul Mrs. Emily Stalham Catton Mrs. Sarah Bawdeswell Cawthorn William Walter Upwell (Three Holes Bridge) Chamberlin John George Wroxham Chaplin Miss Anna Framingham Earl Chaplin Mrs. Phoebe West Bradenham Chaplin John, jun. Ludham Chapman William Bintry Chapman Thomas Fundenhall Chapman Oliver Charles Litcham Chapman Arthur Suttle Tittleshall Chapman John Upwell (Nordelph) Chapman John R. Yarmouth (Crown Road) Chestney Walter Aldborough Child David William Bawburgh Churchman Mrs. Elizabeth Wood Dalling Churchyard Henry William Pulham St. Mary Magdalen Clare Samuel Critoph Holt Claxton John James Swanton Novers Clements Mrs. Sarah Lessingham Coan James Morton Cobbin Miss Louisa Gooderstone Cockrill William Ballard Yarmouth (Town) Cole Charles Ridlington Cole Charles Witton (near North Walsham) Collins Adam W. Moulton St. Mary Colman Frederick Southrepps Cook Henry West Newton Cook Frederick Great Snoring Cooke William Bramerton Cooper Richard Parker Sparham Cooper Abraham S. Yarmouth (Market Place) Cooper Mrs. Lydia Outwell Copping James Benjamin Worstead Corston Jonathan Bunwell Coulson Albert Hilgay Cox Thomas South Lopham Cracknell Mrs. Alice Stiffkey Crane Robert Jeremiah Banningham Crane Thomas Marsham Cuddon Mrs. Elizabeth Reveningham (sic) Curson George Webster West Walton (Church End) Curston James South Pickenham Cutter John Bridgham Dalton Samuel Welney Dane Samuel Shouldham Thorpe Davey Edward Tivetshall St. Margaret Deadman Thomas Livermore Weasenham St. Peter Debenham Harry A. Thorpe Abbott Delamore Mrs. Elizabeth Walpole St. Andrew Dexter Frederick Stow Bedon (Lower) Dodman Robert Thomas Barney Doe Charles Larling Doughty Walter Suffield Douse James William Shipdham Downing Mrs. Matilda Riddlesworth Drew George Caistor St. Edmund Ducker David Frederick Happisburgh Dunn Charles Necton Dunnett Ernest J. Ashill Eagle William North Pickenham Edwards Robert Dereham (Toftwood) Elliott John Dickleburgh Ellis Thomas William Loddon Ellis John Terrington St. Clement Emerson John Fulmodeston Emerson John Croxton English William Boughton English Benjamin Filby Everson Thomas Stratton Strawless Ewer Henry Snettisham Fairbairn Robert Oulton Falgate Thomas Forncett St. Mary Farman Charles William Burlingham St. Andrew Farrow James Yaxham Faulkner John George Narborough Feather Alfred Sea Palling Fennings Edward John Hempton Fickling Miss Martha Saham Toney Fillenham Walt. Edmund Gaywood Finch Matthew Garveston Flatman Charles John Booton Flowerdew William Walcott Flowers Baker Kirby Cane Forster Samuel Joseph Cawston Fox David Forncett St. Peter Fox Thomas Horsham St. Faith's Fox Miss Maria Binham Fox Mrs. Harriet Cromer Funnell Robert Bracon Ash Futter William Tuttington Galloway Thomas Oxburgh Gardner William Amos Billingford (near Diss) Garrett Charles Frettenham Garwood Miss Lucy Ann Houghton Gaul James Ingworth Gaze John Halvergate Gibbs Samuel Arthur Rollesby Gibson Thomas Kenninghall Godfrey Arthur William Seething Goldsmith Charles Great Fransham Goodman George Little Dunham Goodwin Miss Charlotte Plumstead Goose Mrs. Margaret Horsey (Waxham) Gotts Mrs. Robert(sic) Aylmerton Gotts Mrs. Ann Honing Grand George Colton Gray Miss Emma Paston Green Reuben Woodbastwick Green Mrs. Frances Hunworth Green Mrs. Emma N. West Lexham Greene Miss Annie Castle Rising Groom Ernest J. H. Beetley Groom Mrs. Sarah Ann Holkham Grunow Mrs. Isabel Flitcham Gunn Christopher Wimbotsham Haggith Robert Bacton Haggith Arthur Jabez Mundesley Hall James Drayton Hall Herbert Arthur Fersfield Hall James Middleton Halls Arthur Yarmouth (Cobholm Island) Hammaway John Downham (Railway Road) Hamnell Paul Swardeston Hanley Zachariah West Walton (Highway) Harbour Albert Flordon Harrington George Stokesby Harrison William Lancelot King's Lynn Harrison William, jun. Strumpshaw Harrowven Henry Catton Harvey James Hethersett Harvey George E. Witchingham Harvey Mrs. Eliza Tivetshall St. Mary Hazell March Hempnall Hazell Tryphena Walsoken (Town) Hazlewood Simeon Quidenham Henden Mrs. William Sidestrand Herring Robert Tottington Hewitt Mrs. Elizabeth Swafield Hipper Robert Wm. Henry Edgefield Hipperson Arthur Shouldham Holliday William Scarning Holman Charles Fen Dereham (Norwich Road) Hooper Harbord Martham Horn James Barton Bendish Horn James Denver Horne James Joseph Longham Horne William Pratt Stoke Holy Cross Howard Edward Swanton Abbot Howard Harry Thetford Howes George Brisley Howlett Mrs. Mary Stow Bardolph (Stow Bridge) Hubbard James Beighton Hubbard James Rushford (Shadwell) Hudson Edward Cley Huggins Robert Hockering Inman James Henry Upwell Jacobs Samuel Brancaster Jacobs George Harry Sedgeford James Frederick Wyatt Yarmouth (Northgate Street) James Mrs. Susan Congham Jarrard John Stradsett Jones Samuel Lingwood Juby Mrs. Sarah Ann Hedenham Kemp Mrs. Sarah Heacham Kemp Mrs. A. Hempstead Kent Joseph Gillingham Kerrison Robert Elmham Kersey John Wrenningham Kingaby Robert Hingham Kirby George Tasburgh Laight William Acle Lawrence Frederick Barret Garboldisham Laws John Costessey Laws Miss Martha Fincham Leeder Charles Field Dalling Leverett Edward Thurton Lewis Miss Ruth Salthouse Lincoln Mrs. Ellen Moulton St. Michael Linden Arthur Briningham Linder John Melton Constable Lines Philip Dereham (Baxter Row) Lock Stephen, jun. Downham Long Herbert W. Bale Long John Lyng Love Henry Elsing Lovett Mrs. Eliza Little Fransham Lowe Thomas R. Dereham Lown Miss Mary Sheringham (Upper) Lugg Lewis S. Yarmouth Lyndo Stephen Repps-with-Bastwick Lyndoe Harrison Wereham Mace George M. North Walsham (White Horse) Macrow Miss Emma Diss (Victoria Road) Madgett Frederick Roydon (near Diss) Maidstone Leonard Great Plumstead Mallett Mrs. Sarah Ranworth Mann William Henry Sandringham Marsh Henry East Winch Marsters Matthew South Wootton Mason Mrs. Maria Crimplesham Mason Mrs. Jessie South Raynham Matthews Arthur Great Cressingham McCreedy Harcourt Aylsham Meale Luther George Foxley Mee John Stoke Ferry Merrison Benjamin Winter Brundall Middleton Frederick Wm. Mulbarton Minns Charles Robert Tilney All Saints Mitchell George Swanton Morley Morris Mrs. Sarah Ann Burgh St. Peter Moy John Roughton Muffett William East Bilney Munford Robert Swannington Murrell John Caston Murrell Mrs. Clara Carbrooke Muskett William Newton Flotman Muttitt Alfred William Aldeby Narborough William Matthew Wiggenhall St. Mary Magdalen Neave James East Tuddenham Nelson William Besthorpe Newing Ernest Newman East Rudham Newstead James Rackheath Nicholds Mrs. Elizabeth Castle Acre Nicholson George Harrison Yarmouth (Southtown) Noble Mrs. Emily Bressingham Norgate Walter Stibbard Norman Arthur Sutton Nunn Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson Osborne George Pentney Osborne Richard Noah Surlingham Ottaway Robert James Saxthorpe Overton Walter Docking Page William Attleborough Palmer Arthur John Feltwell Palmer Alfred Pulham St. Mary the Virgin Palmer Albert Henry Wortwell Parfect Mrs. Mary Elizbth Morley St. Peter Parfect Mrs. Wymondham (Suton) Parker Walter James Thorpe St. Andrew Parlett Robert Marham Parnell Nathaniel West Lynn Patrick William Gayton Pawson Joseph B. Denton Payne Robert Gamble Bodham Payne William West Runton Peake Mrs. Phoebe Rushall Pearce William Funnell Diss Pease John Barnham Broom Pegg Orris Robert Hindolveston Pengelley Thomas Ernest Fakenham Pestell Mrs. Harriet Edingthorpe Pettitt John Hockwold Phoenix Walter Charles Deopham Pollard Samuel Potter Heigham Pooley William Cook Topcroft Porter Barley Page Southery Potter Henry Holme-next-the-Sea Preston Mrs. Eliza Beeston Puxley William Runton Pyke William Gresham Racey William Emneth Randell James Trimingham Raven James T. Foulsham Rayner William Brinton Rayner Mrs. Lydia Hardwick Reeve James Terrington St. John Reeve George Walpole St. Peter Reeve William Winfarthing Regester William Great Dunham Richardson Miss Martha Ann Great Ryburgh Riches James Vincent Burnham Overy Staithe Riches Arthur Hardingham Riches George Benjamin Watlington Richmond James R. Weston Longville Rivitt Edward Southburgh Rix Henry Beechamwell Rix Henry George Eccles Roberts William Philip Hainford Robinson Walter Beart Brockdish Rolfe George North Walsham (Spa Common) Roll Mrs. Ann Thurne Rope Mrs. Lucy Morriss Horning Roy Alfred Edward Coltishall Roy Herbert G. Helhoughton Royall John Richard Woodton Rudd Miss Lydia A. Reepham Ruddock Simon Peter North Lopham Sales Thomas Cantley Salmon Joseh B. Yarmouth (South Gorleston) Samson Mrs. Mary Ann Wiggenhall St. German Saunders Alfred Charles Banham Saunders William Burgh (Aylsham) Saward Mrs. S. E. Wolferton Scutts Charles Scole Seaman George Henry Mattishall Sewter William Sculthorpe Sexton Mrs. Joseph Knapton Sharman Robert Tripp Toft Monks Shephard Mrs. Rebecca East Barsham Sheringham Mrs. Rosamond Anna Letheringsett Shinkfield James West Winch Sidell Mrs. Mary Westwick Simmons Thomas Saxlingham Nethergate Simmons Elijah West Somerton Smith James Richard Croxton Smith William Morley St. Botolph Smithson Horace Ketteringham Softley John West Acre Softley Frederick Thuxton Southgate Samuel Hunstanton (Railway) Southgate Miss Jane Wells Sparrow Mrs. Ann Colkirk Spink Geo. David John Weybourne Spink Mrs. Harriet Lucy Felmingham Stacey Jonathon Haveringland Starr Frederick Long Stratton Stearman Walter Marler Smallburgh Stedman Allen Bertie Thursford Steel James Harpley Steel George Weeting Stimpson William Witton (near Norwich) Stone George Keswick Stott Mrs. Mary Ann West Raynham Stoveld William Watton Stubbings Mrs. Julia Barford Sturgeon George Charles Norwich (Castle Meadow) Sutherland Thomas Edward Thornham Sword Samuel Little Melton Sycamore Thomas Reuben Geldeston Tann Ephraim Tacolneston Taylor Miss Elizabeth Alburgh Taylor Mrs. Elizabeth Guestwick Thing James Neale Whissonsett Thomas Richard Edwin Rougham Thompson Robert Felthorpe Thompson Thomas Wighton Thompson Miss Jane Itteringham Thrower Alfred Bernard Heydon Tillott Misses Emma and Anne East Wretham Titlow Henry James Swaffham Tooke Robert Burgh St. Margaret Townshend William Ingoldisthorpe Tricker Frederick Wm. Carleton Rode Trudgill Edward Aslacton Tuck Miss Susannah Walsingham (Great) Turner James Hickling Tye Mrs. Sarah Gressenhall Tyrrell Henry Robert Scoulton Upton Frank Northwold Wade Mrs. Margaret Hevingham Wales Arthur Ringstead Walker George Little Ellingham Walker John Hilborough Walker Miss Sarah Burton North Creake Walker Mrs. Sarah Ann Tattersett Ward Edward John Hoveton St. John Warren John Joseph Hockham Watkins Mrs. Elizabeth Wormegay Watts George Brampton Webb Frederic Merton Baconsthorpe Webster James Stow Bedon Weddup William Burgh Apton (sic) Wegg Miss Mary Ann Cockley Cley Wells Thomas Ingham Wells Henry Northrepps West Miss Maria Tibenham West Mrs. Elizabeth Great Massingham Wharton George Wymondham (Spooner Row) Whitaker William Warham All Saints Whitehand James Ashwellthorpe Whiting John W. G. Yarmouth (North Denes) Whybrow Mrs. Sarah Stow Bardolph (Barroway Drove) Wicks George Robert Shotesham All Saints Wightman Hugh W. Catfield Wiles George Frederick Terrington St. John (Fen End) Wilkins William Great Ellingham Williams John Llewellyn New Buckenham Willimont Walter Henry Syderstone Wilmot Hilton Wymondham (Market Place) Woodcock Thomas Briston Woods Walter Buxton Woods Arthur Ditchingham Woods Mrs. Emily Hunstanton (Town) Woolston Mrs. Emily Hemsby Worrell William Grimston Wright John Blofield Wright Isaac Earsham Wright Charles Sporle Yallop Richard Fryer Brooke Yallop Frederick Wm. Norton Subcourse Yallop Arthur Ormesby Youels George Shelfanger Young Mrs. Margaret Titchwell Youngman Charles Fred Blofield Corner Youngman Miss Anna Elizabeth East Ruston Youngs Enoch Upton (with Fishley)