In 1653 Charles I introduced a public postal service to cover the cost of Royal mail. Until 1840, postage was paid for by the receiver, rather than the sender, and the change created a need for local post office branches. The 'High Street' branch opened as a "Money Order Receiving Office" in 1889. The Sub-Postmaster was Alfred Emery who also ran a grocery. By 1896, he also sold postal orders and stamps, moving to 2 Wickham Road (pictured) in 1901, with Mary Mansbridge as Sub Postmistress. This scene was painted in 1973 for the then owners David and Lillian Hawkesworth. The branch closed in 2003.