Bishop Street Post Office, Leicester

Bishop Street Post Office, Leicester

The post office in Leicester opened in 1935 and featured a large public space with grand ceiling. It closed in 2007 and has stood empty ever since.

Visited August 2014  UK Leicester, England Abandoned

History of the Bishop Street Post Office, Leicester

The former post office in Leicester is a large 5 story building that opened in 1935. Designed by architect Mr. Henry Tanner of Her Majesty’s Office of Works, the building was built by Messrs. Ives and Co, of Shipley using coarse-grained De Lank granite from Cornwall. In 1954 the provincial post office was the first to be equipped with a machine that calculated postage for sending parcels to anywhere in the world. The public office is a large space with a 40 foot curved counter running the entire length. The 17 foot high ceiling is ornately decorated.

The post office closed in 2007 and was purchased by the local council the following year. Plans to convert the building into a customer service centre were abandoned due to costs and the building has stood empty ever since.

Post Office, Leicester - The main public area with large curved counter
Post Office, Leicester – The main public area with large curved counter
Post Office, Leicester - Ornate decoration
Post Office, Leicester – Ornate decoration
 
Post Office, Leicester - Plasterwork ceiling
Post Office, Leicester – Plasterwork ceiling
Post Office, Leicester - Large curved skylight arrangement
Post Office, Leicester – Large curved skylight arrangement
Post Office, Leicester - Curved counter
Post Office, Leicester – Curved counter
Post Office, Leicester - Front windows
Post Office, Leicester – Front windows
 
Post Office, Leicester - Counter detail
Post Office, Leicester – Counter detail
Post Office, Leicester - Counter and columns
Post Office, Leicester – Counter and columns
Post Office, Leicester - View along the large curved counter
Post Office, Leicester – View along the large curved counter
Post Office, Leicester - Behind the counter
Post Office, Leicester – Behind the counter
Post Office, Leicester - Behind the counter
Post Office, Leicester – Behind the counter
Post Office, Leicester - The ceiling
Post Office, Leicester – The ceiling
 
Post Office, Leicester - Counter screen
Post Office, Leicester – Counter screen
Post Office, Leicester - Ornate ceiling
Post Office, Leicester – Ornate ceiling
Post Office, Leicester - Traditional lift
Post Office, Leicester – Traditional lift
 
Post Office, Leicester - In the lift
Post Office, Leicester – In the lift
Post Office, Leicester - Sorting offices
Post Office, Leicester – Sorting offices
Post Office, Leicester - Money bag
Post Office, Leicester – Money bag
 
Post Office, Leicester - Loading bay
Post Office, Leicester – Loading bay
Post Office, Leicester - Yellow room
Post Office, Leicester – Yellow room
Post Office, Leicester - Staircase
Post Office, Leicester – Staircase
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