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Days Gone By: The tiny outposts in our rural villages used as police stations and post offices

PUBLISHED: 08:27 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 08:27 27 September 2017

The Police House at Westerfield stood at the junction of Lower Road (background) and Church Lane. Did you live here? Picture: DAVE KINDRED

The Police House at Westerfield stood at the junction of Lower Road (background) and Church Lane. Did you live here? Picture: DAVE KINDRED

Dave Kindred

Services in rural villages in the past were often operated from houses, writes David Kindred.

EA Nostalgia. SPS 2815.  The post office and grocers store at Butley around 1912. The road, the main route between Woodbridge and Orford was then just a dirt track. Picture: DAVE KINDREDEA Nostalgia. SPS 2815. The post office and grocers store at Butley around 1912. The road, the main route between Woodbridge and Orford was then just a dirt track. Picture: DAVE KINDRED

In this week’s Days Gone By I include photographs of some of the tiny outposts in Suffolk villages used as post offices and police stations.

The photographs were taken when the post office was one of the only links with the outside world, with some offering a telegraph service.

Nacton Post Office around 1915. Picture: DAVE KINDREDNacton Post Office around 1915. Picture: DAVE KINDRED

It is difficult to imagine how much crime the police houses had to deal with in the likes of Cotton and Barking and Otley and other tiny villages.

Do you live in one of the former police stations or post offices featured?

Shottisham Post Office in the early years of the twentieth century. Picture: DAVE KINDREDShottisham Post Office in the early years of the twentieth century. Picture: DAVE KINDRED

Write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or send an e-mail.

Shotley Gate Post Office around 1915. Picture: DAVE KINDREDShotley Gate Post Office around 1915. Picture: DAVE KINDRED

Bramford Post office in The Street around 1910. Picture: DAVE KINDREDBramford Post office in The Street around 1910. Picture: DAVE KINDRED

Coddenham Post Office around 1930. Picture: DAVE KINDREDCoddenham Post Office around 1930. Picture: DAVE KINDRED

The Post Office at Pettaugh around 1930. Picture: DAVE KINDREDThe Post Office at Pettaugh around 1930. Picture: DAVE KINDRED

Horham Post Office in the early years of the twentieth century. Picture: DAVE KINDREDHorham Post Office in the early years of the twentieth century. Picture: DAVE KINDRED

A small police outpost with a fine crop in the front garden. Ipswich based photographers, the Titshall Brothers, took this picture around 1930. There is no record of where it was. Do you know? Picture: DAVE KINDREDA small police outpost with a fine crop in the front garden. Ipswich based photographers, the Titshall Brothers, took this picture around 1930. There is no record of where it was. Do you know? Picture: DAVE KINDRED

The police station at Barking around 1930. Picture: DAVE KINDREDThe police station at Barking around 1930. Picture: DAVE KINDRED

Wyverstone Post Office in the late 1920s. Picture: DAVE KINDREDWyverstone Post Office in the late 1920s. Picture: DAVE KINDRED

Shelly Post Office in the 1920s. Picture: DAVE KINDREDShelly Post Office in the 1920s. Picture: DAVE KINDRED

Kirton Police Station. An undated photograph probably taken in the 1920s. Picture: DAVE KINDREDKirton Police Station. An undated photograph probably taken in the 1920s. Picture: DAVE KINDRED

Layham Post Office in the 1920s. Picture: DAVE KINDREDLayham Post Office in the 1920s. Picture: DAVE KINDRED

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