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.

Bishop Street Post Office, Leicester
 

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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.

Our Visit
This was the first location on a busy weekend of exploring with Spider Monkey and Kriegaffe9 and was a great way to start the weekend.

 

Post Office, Leicester - The main public area with large curved counter

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Post Office, Leicester – The main public area with large curved counter

Post Office, Leicester - Ornate decoration

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Post Office, Leicester – Ornate decoration

Post Office, Leicester - Plasterwork ceiling

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Post Office, Leicester – Plasterwork ceiling

Post Office, Leicester - Large curved skylight arrangement

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Post Office, Leicester – Large curved skylight arrangement

Post Office, Leicester - Curved counter

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Post Office, Leicester – Curved counter

Post Office, Leicester - Front windows

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Post Office, Leicester – Front windows

Post Office, Leicester - Counter detail

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Post Office, Leicester – Counter detail

Post Office, Leicester - Counter and columns

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Post Office, Leicester – Counter and columns

Post Office, Leicester - View along the large curved counter

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Post Office, Leicester – View along the large curved counter

Post Office, Leicester - Behind the counter

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Post Office, Leicester – Behind the counter

Post Office, Leicester - Behind the counter

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Post Office, Leicester – Behind the counter

Post Office, Leicester - The ceiling

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Post Office, Leicester – The ceiling

Post Office, Leicester - Counter screen

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Post Office, Leicester – Counter screen

Post Office, Leicester - Ornate ceiling

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Post Office, Leicester – Ornate ceiling

Post Office, Leicester - Traditional lift

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Post Office, Leicester – Traditional lift

Post Office, Leicester - In the lift

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Post Office, Leicester – In the lift

Post Office, Leicester - Sorting offices

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Post Office, Leicester – Sorting offices

Post Office, Leicester - Money bag

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Post Office, Leicester – Money bag

Post Office, Leicester - Loading bay

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Post Office, Leicester – Loading bay

Post Office, Leicester - Yellow room

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Post Office, Leicester – Yellow room

Post Office, Leicester - Staircase

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Post Office, Leicester – Staircase

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