World’s oldest Post Office for sale

Sanquhar Post Office

A new owner is being sought for the world’s oldest Post Office, in Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway.

Sanquhar Post Office first opened in 1712 and is a popular attraction for postal and philatelic enthusiasts from across the world. Many visit to have their letters marked with a special handstamp bearing ‘The World’s Oldest Post Office’.

The existing owner, Manzoor Alam and his wife, Nazra, have been in charge since 2015 and are retiring at the end of May 2020.

Nazra said: “It’s heart-breaking that we are selling this Post Office which has many special memories for my husband and I. We have loved our time in Sanquhar and have made many friends in this vibrant community. We’ve served many of our local customers every day for the past five years as well as meeting people from all over the world who have come to take pictures outside and with us at this historic branch.”

Amanda Jones, Post Office Retail Director, added: “The opportunity to be a part of postal history doesn’t come along very often and any new owner would be only the 17th person to run Sanquhar Post Office in over 300 years.”

Sanquhar Post Office is on the market for £275,000 and it comes with a three-bedroom cottage.

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