Carbrooke History & Heritage of the Post Office


Carbrooke, Norfolk is a small agricultural village, yet has a surprising & fascinating history, with influences through the centuries from around the world. 'Carbrooke Heritage Group' was formed in 2012, and has been involved in a number of projects to research log & publish aspects of village history & raise the profile of Carbrooke and its heritage.The aim of this website is to bring together information about the area and its heritage. If you have any comments, information, anecdotes or photographs you would like to share, please contact us.

Return to Main Page

There has been an official Postal service in Britain since 1516 established as a branch of the English Govenment, by Henry VIII, but didn't take on its recognisable form until mid 1800's (more about the history of the Royal Mail)

Samuel Skipper was Postmaster at Carbrooke for many years, (he was a shop keeper and draper at least from 1871, whether he was also Postmaster at this time it is hard to say - William Stackwood was grocer in this area of Carbrooke prior to William Skipper, and he may also have been a postmaster). Following the death of William Skipper, his wife Charlotte, continued as postmistress.

1883 Whites Directory & Gazeteer of Norfolk - POST OFFICE at Mr. Samuel Skipper's. Letters from Watton arrive at 7.30am and are despatched at 5.25pm; Sundays 10.55 am. Watton is the nerest Money Order and Telegraph Office

Left Charlotte Skipper and delivering letters to cottages on Caston Road

Their daughter Clara, married William Murrell, and the Murrells operated the Post Office until 1936, when they retired the Post Office was moved to the Smith family home on Shipdham Road, where Cecil Smith ran the post office until his death in 1967, his wife Winifred continued to run it until c1982, when she retired at the age of 87!

Enid Clarkes writes about her parents Cecil and Winifred Smith and the Post Office

Mrs Clara Murrell and daughter Adelaide outside the Post Office in church street c1910. The date on the building is 1867, with RD presumably for Richard Dewing, land owner at Carbrooke Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below census entries for Samuel Skipper and Murrell family.

1871 RG10 1842 P34 West CHURCH STREET SAMUEL SKIPPER 39 M HEAD-MARRIED GROCER & DRAPER SHROPHAM NFK
  RG10 1842 P34 West CHURCH STREET CHARLOTTE SKIPPER 37 F WIFE-MARRIED SHROPHAM NFK
  RG10 1842 P34 West CHURCH STREET ADELAIDE SKIPPER 11 F DAU SCHOLAR ERSWELL SFK
  RG10 1842 P34 West CHURCH STREET CLARA SKIPPER 10 F DAU SCHOLAR SHIPDHAM NFK
  RG10 1842 P34 West CHURCH STREET EMMA HUNT 22 F SHOPMAID SHROPHAM NFK
  RG10 1842 P34 West CHURCH STREET ELIZABETH NICHOLS 18 F DOMESTIC SERVANT SAHAM TONEY NFK

1891 RG12 1550 P.42-53 CHURCH STREET 4 SAMUEL SKIPPER 60 M M HEAD GROCER & POSTMASTER SHROPHAM NORFOLK
  RG12 1550 P.42-53 CHURCH STREET 4 CHARLOTTE SKIPPER 58 F M WIFE GROCER ASSISTANT SHROPHAM NORFOLK
  RG12 1550 P.42-53 CHURCH STREET 4 CLARA SKIPPER 29 F S DAU GROCER ASSISTANT SHIPDHAM NORFOLK

1901 R13 1868 P.68-103 POST OFFICE CHARLOTTE SKIPPER 67 F HEAD SUB POSTMISTRESS SHROPHAM NORFOLK WID
  R13 1868 P.68-103 POST OFFICE WILLIAM MURRELL 49 M SON IN LAW CARPENTER & FLOUR DEALER &RURAL POSTMAN CARBROOKE NORFOLK M
  R13 1868 P.68-103 POST OFFICE CLARA ELIZA MURRELL 39 F DAU ASST IN POST OFFICE SHIPDHAM NORFOLK M
  R13 1868 P.68-103 POST OFFICE HILDA G MURRELL 8 F GRAND DAU CARBROOKE NORFOLK
  R13 1868 P.68-103 POST OFFICE GILBERT W MURRELL 7 M GRAND SON CARBROOKE NORFOLK
  R13 1868 P.68-103 POST OFFICE ADELAIDE M MURRELL 1 F GRAND DAU CARBROOKE NORFOLK

1911 231-2-3 POST OFFICE CHURCH STREET NORFOLK WILLIAM MURRELL 50 M HEAD SUBPOSMASTER & FLOUR DEALER CARBROOKE NORFOLK
  231-2-3 POST OFFICE CHURCH STREET NORFOLK CLARA ELIZA MURRELL 49 M WIFE SUBPOSMASTER & FLOUR DEALER SHIPDHAM NORFOLK 19 4 4
  231-2-3 POST OFFICE CHURCH STREET NORFOLK GILBERT WILLIAM MURRELL 17 S SON PAINTER CARBROOKE NORFOLK
  231-2-3 POST OFFICE CHURCH STREET NORFOLK ADELAIDE MARY MURRELL 11 DAU SCHOLAR CARBROOKE NORFOLK
  231-2-3 POST OFFICE CHURCH STREET NORFOLK REGINALD HARRY MURRELL 9 SON SCHOLAR CARBROOKE NORFOLK

Brian Smith outside the post office Shipdham road left and centre, Mrs Winifred Smith at the Post Office.

The Post Office then moved to the stores on Broadmoor Road before that shop closed in 1988.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carbrooke's remaining red phone box in front of the church wall, in 2019 was converted to a defribulator station. Betty (Smith) remembers her job, when it was a pay phone, was to empty it, and that it was certainly in place during the war.

There was also a Post Office on the Norwich Road, firstly at Maid Marian Stores (now Wilco), before moving into Aerolite stores, (both part of the RAF site converted to business premises), then closed. Around 2017 the Post Office was opened in the Spar store on the Norwich Road, to cater for the growing number of residents in Carbrooke.

Return to Main Page

Contact

Page last Updated 21.09.20