The Post Office

The Post Office at Long Marston was built in the 16th century as a 3-cell 1½ storey timber-framed house facing south-east. In the later 17th century it was altered (the lower part of the rear wall is of 17th century red brick), and in the late 18th century the front was heightened to two storeys and the whole cased in red brick. The parallel two-storey NW wing projects with a lean-to porch in the angle; this wing is ‘said to have served as a chapel’ (presumably a dissenting chapel). Inside a timber partition divides off the west, parlour, end, which has a wide fireplace and 17th century cupboard. There is also a brick oven at the rear, projecting into a gabled outhouse <1>.

The adjacent cottages nos.36-42, which make a terrace with no.44, were already present in 1878 <2>. The house is labelled ‘P.O.’ for Post Office on the 1899 map <3>.

<1> Listed Buildings description (Digital archive). SHT6690.

<2> OS 25 inch map, 1st edition, 1878 (Cartographic material). SHT8116.

<3> OS 25 inch map, 2nd edition (1897-1901), 1899 (Cartographic material). SHT8113.