Historical Studies

A selection of historical works with a postal connection, including a number of classic early histories. Also included in this section are biographies, historical letters and documents, links to legislation, and contemporary works and reports on various aspects of the Post Office.

The Royal Mail to Ireland
Edward Watson
[290pp, 13.1MB, 1917]

Life and Letters of Sir John Henniker Heaton
Mrs Adrian Porter
[354pp, 7.0MB, 1916]
One of the great postal reformers

The Development of the Post Office
Fabian Research Department
[72pp, 11.3MB, 1916]

The History of the British Post Office
[284pp, 6.5MB, 1912]

The King's Post - the Posts of Bristol from 1580
[386pp, 15.4MB, 1905]

Forty Years at the Post-Office (Vol 1)
[374pp, 49MB, 1895]

Forty Years at the Post-Office (Vol 2)
[376pp, 51MB, 1895]

On the Track of the Mail Coach
[370pp, 4.1MB, 1895]
"Reminiscences, personal and otherwise"

The Post in Grant and Farm
James Wilson Hyde
[384pp, 5.4MB, 1894]
The early posts c.1590-1677

The History of the Post Office from its Estab­lishment Down to 1836
Herbert Joyce
[480pp, 30MB, 1893]
One of the classic histories of the Post Office

The Royal Mail, its Curiosities and Romance
James Wilson Hyde
[448pp, 8.0MB, 1885]
2nd edition

The Post Office and the Electric Telegraph
[81pp, 3.2MB, 1867]
Contemporary argument for 'nationalisation' of the telegraph system

Cheap Telegraphs; or Telegrams for the Million
United Kingdom Electric Telegraph Company
[15pp, 393KB, 1861]
Advert in the form of an essay on cheap telegrams!

The General Post Office London
Illustrated London News
[23pp, 8.1MB, 1844]
22 and 29 June, transcribed by Allan Oliver

A General Plan for a Mail Communication by Steam
James MacQueen
[155pp, 4.4MB, 1838]
Plan for overseas mails by founder of Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. in 1839

Illustrations of the Site and Neighbourhood of the New Post Office
[79pp, 23.8MB, 1830]
Maps and history of St. Martin's-le-Grand

The New Post Office
Gentlemans Magazine
[12pp, 1.4MB, 1829]
Article from the magazine

Historical Letters

This section contains a collection of letters covering the period from approximately 1440 to 1505, assembled and published by John Fenn in five volumes, in which many of the famous Paston letters were originally published.