Carbrooke Post Office


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)

There was a sub Post Office in Carbrooke by 1854, as Whites Directory of Norfolk states.


By 1871, Samuel Skipper and wife Charlotte, were running the post office.

Mrs Skipper delivering the post to Caston Road.

Their daughter Clara later married William Murrell, and they carried on running the Post Office.

1883 Whites Directory & Gazeteer of Norfolk POST OFFICE at Mr. Samuel Skipper’s. Letters from Watton arrive at 7.30 a.m. and are despatched at 5.25 p.m.; Sundays, 10.55 a.m. Watton is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.

Mrs (Clara) Murrell, and daughter, Carbrooke Post Office c1910.

The original Post office, is in the line of buildings opposite the church. It is dated 1867, with the initials RD ( presumably Richard Dewing, local land owner).

1871RG10 1842 P34 WestCHURCH STREET8SAMUELSKIPPER39MHEAD-MARRIEDGROCER & DRAPERSHROPHAM NFK
1871RG10 1842 P34 WestCHURCH STREET8CHARLOTTESKIPPER37FWIFE-MARRIEDSHROPHAM NFK
1871RG10 1842 P34 WestCHURCH STREET8ADELAIDESKIPPER11FDAUSCHOLARERSWELL SFK
1871RG10 1842 P34 WestCHURCH STREET8CLARASKIPPER10FDAUSCHOLARSHIPDHAM NFK
1871RG10 1842 P34 WestCHURCH STREET8EMMAHUNT22FSHOPMAIDSHROPHAM NFK
1871RG10 1842 P34 WestCHURCH STREET8ELIZABETHNICHOLS18FDOMESTIC SERVANTSAHAM TONEY NFK
1871 Census
Name:Samuel Skipper Age:49 Estimated Birth Year: 1832
Head
Spouse: Charlotte Skipper Age: 47
Where born: Shropham, Norfolk, England
Occupation: Grocer & Draper
Registration District: WaylandED, Piece:1975Folio:22Page Number:10
Other Household Members:
Clara E. Skipper 19
Mary A. Wyer 17
(not transcribed)
1881 Census
1891RG12 1550 P.42-53CHURCH STREET 499SAMUELSKIPPER60MMHEADGROCER & POSTMASTERSHROPHAM NORFOLK
1891RG12 1550 P.42-53CHURCH STREET 499CHARLOTTESKIPPER58FMWIFEGROCER ASSISTANTSHROPHAM NORFOLK
1891RG12 1550 P.42-53CHURCH STREET 499CLARASKIPPER29FSDAUGROCER ASSISTANTSHIPDHAM NORFOLK
1891 Census
1901R13 1868 P.68-103POST OFFICE83CHARLOTTESKIPPER67FHEADSUB POSTMISTRESSSHROPHAM NORFOLKWID
1901R13 1868 P.68-103POST OFFICE83WILLIAMMURRELL49MSON IN LAWCARPENTER & FLOUR DEALER &RURAL POSTMANCARBROOKE NORFOLKM
1901R13 1868 P.68-103POST OFFICE83CLARA ELIZAMURRELL39FDAUASST IN POST OFFICESHIPDHAM NORFOLKM
1901R13 1868 P.68-103POST OFFICE83HILDA GMURRELL8FGRAND DAUCARBROOKE NORFOLK
1901R13 1868 P.68-103POST OFFICE83GILBERT WMURRELL7MGRAND SONCARBROOKE NORFOLK
1901R13 1868 P.68-103POST OFFICE83ADELAIDE MMURRELL1FGRAND DAUCARBROOKE NORFOLK
1901 Census
1911231-2-3POST OFFICE CHURCH STREET NORFOLK128WILLIAMMURRELL50MHEADSUBPOSMASTER & FLOUR DEALERCARBROOKE NORFOLK
1911231-2-3POST OFFICE CHURCH STREET NORFOLK128CLARA ELIZAMURRELL49MWIFESUBPOSMASTER & FLOUR DEALERSHIPDHAM NORFOLK1944
1911231-2-3POST OFFICE CHURCH STREET NORFOLK128GILBERT WILLIAMMURRELL17SSONPAINTERCARBROOKE NORFOLK
1911231-2-3POST OFFICE CHURCH STREET NORFOLK128ADELAIDE MARYMURRELL11DAUSCHOLARCARBROOKE NORFOLK
1911231-2-3POST OFFICE CHURCH STREET NORFOLK128REGINALD HARRYMURRELL9SONSCHOLARCARBROOKE NORFOLK
1911 Census
Brian Smith outside the Post Office c1950

Mrs Smith retired as Postmistress around 1980, and the post office was relocated for a short time in Broadmoor Road, before it closed late 1980’s.

Carbrooke Stores c1988

A post office also operated from Maid Marian stores on Norwich Road. It later closed.

Spar mini Market and Post Office c2019

A post office was installed into Spar mini Market around 2017, where it remains.

Carbrooke Phone box c2010.

Page last Updated 17.08.20