Post Office records date back to the 17th century. The Postal Museum (previously titled the British Postal Museum and Archive) holds the records.
The most useful of these for family history research are the Pensions and Gratuities records for Post Office employees, which date from 1719 to 1959. Pensions were awarded to Post Office employees when they retired. Marriage gratuities were awarded to female workers when they left the Post Office and gave up work to get married. Death gratuities were also given to the families of postal workers who died while they were working for the Post Office.
The information these records may provide includes name, rank, date of birth, years of service, positions held, and amount of pension/gratuity awarded. However, records before 1860 generally only list senior officers, as not every postal worker was entitled to a pension until that year.
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