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The Village Post Offices

The Post Master General sanctioned a free delivery of letters in West Hallam in February 1850. Before this, a charge of at least 2d per letter had to be paid for mail delivery from Ilkeston to West Hallam.

West Hallam Post Office was established in December 1850, later becoming the first village shop.

The Derby Daily Telegraph Tuesday 30 November 1937 reports:

‘Miss Caroline Ann Hobson, who recently retired after 44 years’ service as Postmistress at West Hallam, was presented last night with an easy–chair, cushion, tea service and tray, the gifts of the villagers, in appreciation of her courtesy and efficiency.

A handbag was presented to Miss Edith P. Lowndes, who for 20 years assisted Miss Hobson and is still employed at West Hallam Post Offices.

The ceremony took place at the Infants’ School, West Hallam. The Rector, the Reverend W. T. Ratcliffe, who presided, said that Miss Hobson had done many acts of great kindness.

She and Miss Lowndes were examples of those civil servants who did a great deal more than they were paid for.’

Following the retirement of these ladies the business transferred across the road to the main (White House) village shop owned by Mr. Vernon Weston.

West Hallam once supported 3 Post Offices:

1). The Village. (2 locations).

2). Park Hall Lane (Simon Lane) Crossroads. (Pillar Box still active).

3). High Lane Central (Lewcote Lane). (Pillar Box still active).

Roger Wood January 2019.

Original West Hallam Post Office, The Village

The Next Post Office, Which is Now Closed

The Village Police House c1838


Village Police Station 1838

Note: 1) Police Crest on Entrance Gable.
Note: 2) Notice Board next to right hand window.

Notes on the occupants of the Police House and the Police Constables:

1841 Charles Hutchinson, 35
Jane Hutchinson (wife), 28
Lettice Hutchinson (daughter), 4

1851 Harry Brand served as Gamekeeper and Village Constable.

1861 David Bacon, 39, Police Constable.

1871 George Watts, 44, Policeman.
Elizabeth Watts (wife), 49

1881 William J. Badger, 24, Police Constable.
Jane Badger (wife), 22
Mary E. Badger (daughter), 11months.

1891 George Fox, 26, Police Constable.
Annie Fox (wife), 27
Harry Fox (son), 5

1900 Fred Lee arrived from Doveholes, near Buxton Derbyshire. Grandfather of Dulcie Bacon (nee Lee) of Stanley, Derbyshire. He left the police force and worked on the railways as a plate-layer. He lived at a house at the Brickyard, Sough Lane, Stanley. Leaving the police force on account of being required to walk every day other day to Sandiacre, to report to his Sergeant (Daybell), after finishing a full day’s work.

1901 George Blackburn, 45 Police Constable.
Elizabeth Blackburn (wife), 45
Abner Walter Blackburn (son) , 17
Mabel Eliza Blackburn (daughter), 14

The only other Police Station in West Hallam was located in one of the two purpose built Police Houses built on High Lane West, West Hallam. These houses still stand and are now private dwellings.


Old Police Station and Post Office taken January 2019

Roger Wood January 2019.

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