Royal Mail Sorting Office – Rickmansworth – Wednesday morning 18th December 2013

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With Ali Jobe Sorting Office Manager

Up early this morning at 8.00 to visit one of the great institutions of Britain the Royal Mail and specifically the Rickmansworth Royal Mail sorting office in Rectory Lane. Welcomed by the Manager Ali Jobe we were shown around the complex. I have wanted to see behind the scenes for many years, and it was quite an eye opener. Naturally at this time of the year there was plenty going on, with postmen and women working their socks off to get residents Christmas cards and parcels delivered. The number of red vans in the car park was staggering, waiting for the days post to be sorted. There are 60 post workers sorting and later delivering their respective loads.
The Royal Mail can trace its history back to 1516, when Henry VIII established a “Master of the Posts”, a position that was renamed “Postmaster General” in 1710. James I moved his court to London upon his accession to the throne of England and the Union of the Crowns in 1603.  One of his first acts from London was to establish the royal postal service between London and Edinburgh  in an attempt to retain control over the Scottish Privy Council. The Royal Mail service was first made available to the public by Charles I on 31 July 1635, with postage being paid by the recipient.

A big thank you to all the postal workers making great efforts to deliver our Christmas parcels and post.
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This is the section that deals with my roads post.
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Carol, Phil (our previous postman for many years) and me
More photos here http://www.flickr.com/photos/chairmanlesmead/sets/72157638799410686/
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