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Nazra Alam, the manager of the Sanquhar post office in Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway is the oldest postal worker in the world and opened his doors in 1712

The first and oldest post office in the world is about to be closed – after more than 300 years.

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Sanquhar Post Office in Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway, in Scotland, opened its doors in 1712 and is recognized by Guinness World Records as the first post office in the world.

It has become an unlikely tourist attraction for stamp collectors, but also a & # 39; lifeline & # 39; for the elderly in the community who depend on it for banking.

But it is now about to be closed, and the current owners are planning to retire.

It can lose its oldest post office award to a branch in Stockholm, Sweden, which was opened in 1720.

Nazra Alam, the manager of the Sanquhar post office in Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway is the oldest postal worker in the world and opened his doors in 1712

Nazra Alam, the manager of the Sanquhar post office in Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway is the oldest postal worker in the world and opened his doors in 1712

Matthew Hogart, postmaster 1908-1983 and George Stoddart, postman at the Sanquhar post office in Dumfries and Galloway
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Matthew Hogart, postmaster 1908-1983 and George Stoddart, postman at the Sanquhar post office in Dumfries and Galloway

Matthew Hogart, postmaster 1908-1983 and George Stoddart, postman at the Sanquhar post office in Dumfries and Galloway

The post office is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the first opened in the world

The post office is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the first opened in the world

The post office is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the first opened in the world

The Sanguhar Post Office returned in 2015, when it was taken over by Dr. Manzoor Alam (77) and his wife Nazra (67).

And the couple is hopeful that a new owner can be found who will keep him open when they step down at the end of May 2020.

Nazra said: “It breaks my heart, but I have to do what I have to do.

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& # 39; If my health was better, I would go on, but I have to call it a day – it's really sad.

& # 39; It has served the community well.

The Sanguhar post office returned in 2015, when it was taken over by Dr. Manzoor Alam, 77, and his wife Nazra, 67

The Sanguhar post office returned in 2015, when it was taken over by Dr. Manzoor Alam, 77, and his wife Nazra, 67

The Sanguhar post office returned in 2015, when it was taken over by Dr. Manzoor Alam, 77, and his wife Nazra, 67

It has become an unlikely tourist attraction for stamp collectors, but also a & # 39; lifeline & # 39; for elderly people in the community who depend on it for banking

It has become an unlikely tourist attraction for stamp collectors, but also a & # 39; lifeline & # 39; for elderly people in the community who depend on it for banking

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It has become an unlikely tourist attraction for stamp collectors, but also a & # 39; lifeline & # 39; for elderly people in the community who depend on it for banking

Nazra and her husband are now retiring, although they are hopeful that a new owner will be found who will keep him open when they resign at the end of May 2020

Nazra and her husband are now retiring, although they are hopeful that a new owner will be found who will keep him open when they resign at the end of May 2020

Nazra and her husband are now retiring, although they are hopeful that a new owner will be found who will keep him open when they resign at the end of May 2020

& # 39; It is for sale and I have submitted my message to the post office. My last working day should be at the end of May.

& # 39; What happens between now and then, we just take as it comes.

The history of the oldest post office in the world in Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway

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Sanquhar Post Office in Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway, in Scotland, opened its doors in 1712 and is recognized by Guinness World Records as the first post office in the world.

It started as a gathering place for runners who move post on foot and on horseback across the country and developed from there over the years.

The first postmaster was James Cringan, who led it with wife Jane Barrie.

They received the building from James & Uncle Abraham Crighton.

Initially, mailmen, known as & # 39; runners & # 39;, were among drop-offs.

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In 1738 the post office started stamping emails and later introduced horses that were used to deliver letters and packages.

The post office had no counters when it started its work.

The emails were delivered through the window with customers tapping the window and then handing over their mail and the required fee.

The postmaster's post was prestigious and was always held by men in other authoritative positions in the community, such as provosts, school teachers and city clerks.

& # 39; It would be nice if we could find a buyer. We do it because my husband and my health aren't great.

& # 39; Next year it will be five years since we had it.

& # 39; I would not like to think it would close and become a supermarket or something. The last four years were remarkable, every bit of it. & # 39;

The branch is on the market for £ 275,000 and comes with a three-bedroom cottage.

The banking service of the post office is popular as Sanquhar, where around 2,000 people live, but one bank has – after the closure of the city RBS in 2014.

The branch office is also an attraction for tourists, postal enthusiasts and stamp collectors, who want to have their letters stamped by hand at & # 39; the world's oldest post office.

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Mother-of-two Nazra previously worked as a nurse before taking over the branch with two part-time assistants.

But she now wants to live closer to her family in Birmingham.

She said: & # 39; We have a lot of banking in the post office. We only have one other bank, the Bank of Scotland.

& # 39; We also get a lot of tourists in the summer. & # 39;

Chairman of Sanquhar and District Community Council, Duncan Close, said: & # 39; We were in this situation five years ago.

A list of the postmasters of the Sanquhar post office, going from today to 1712
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A list of the postmasters of the Sanquhar post office, going from today to 1712

A list of the postmasters of the Sanquhar post office, going from today to 1712

The banking service of the post office is popular as Sanquhar, where around 2,000 people live, but one bank has - after the closure of the city RBS in 2014.

The banking service of the post office is popular as Sanquhar, where around 2,000 people live, but one bank has - after the closure of the city RBS in 2014.

The banking service of the post office is popular as Sanquhar, where around 2,000 people live, but one bank has – after the closure of the city RBS in 2014.

& # 39; It changed hands and was fairly safe for a while.

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& # 39; We called a public meeting to discuss the issue and see what we can do.

Postmasters from & # 39; the world's oldest post office

1712: James Cringan and Jane Barrie

1730-1744: John Forsyth

1744-1762: Alexander Bradfute or Broadfoot

1763-1793: James Crichton

1793-1806: John Crichton

1806-1858: John Halliday

1858-1880: James Kerr

1880-1908: William Kerr

1908-1932: Matthew Hogarth

1932-1936: Mrs. Matthew Hogarth

1936-1970: James Hogarth

1970-1994: William Horgan

1994-2011: Kenneth Thompson

2011-2015: Mrs. Penny Murphy

2015-: Dr. Manzoor Alam

& # 39; We will make every effort to ensure that the place finds a buyer.

& # 39; We are sorry to see them going, but at the same time it is sad to think we could lose our post office. & # 39;

Andrew Wood, SNP councilor for Dumfries and Galloway, said: & # 39; It will be a sad day as it gets closer.

& # 39; What we find in many rural places such as Sanquhar is that they have difficulty keeping their post offices open.

& # 39; They are a lifeline for the elderly.

& # 39; It's not just about collecting their pensions, it's also about meeting other people.

& # 39; I was wondering if the community could arrange a buyout, but it shouldn't amount to that.

& # 39; We are a rich country and should be able to have them in major cities.

& # 39; I don't know why they went into stores – we have to stop this centralization. & # 39;

An undated photo of post office staff outside the Sanquhar Post Office, which has been open for more than 300 years

An undated photo of post office staff outside the Sanquhar Post Office, which has been open for more than 300 years

An undated photo of post office staff outside the Sanquhar Post Office, which has been open for more than 300 years

Andrew Wood, SNP councilor for Dumfries and Galloway, said: & # 39; What we find in many rural places such as Sanquhar is that they have difficulty keeping their post offices open & # 39;

Andrew Wood, SNP councilor for Dumfries and Galloway, said: & # 39; What we find in many rural places such as Sanquhar is that they have difficulty keeping their post offices open & # 39;

Andrew Wood, SNP councilor for Dumfries and Galloway, said: & # 39; What we find in many rural places such as Sanquhar is that they have difficulty keeping their post offices open & # 39;

Postman Bob Morrison at the Sanquhar post office in Dumfries and Galloway

Postman Bob Morrison at the Sanquhar post office in Dumfries and Galloway

Two previous postmasters from & # 39; the world's oldest post office Matthew Hogarth (from 1909-32) and his son James (1932-77) depicted in 1925 in Sanqhar, Dumfries and Galloway

Two previous postmasters from & # 39; the world's oldest post office Matthew Hogarth (from 1909-32) and his son James (1932-77) depicted in 1925 in Sanqhar, Dumfries and Galloway

Postman Bob Morrison (left) at the Sanquhar post office in Dumfries and Galloway. Two previous postmasters from & # 39; the world's oldest post office Matthew Hogarth (from 1909-32) and his son James (1932-77) depicted in 1925 in Sanqhar, Dumfries and Galloway

A post office spokesperson said: & We are proud of the heritage of the Sanquhar post office and are determined to preserve it in the future.

& # 39; The post office will work with the local community to find a new postmaster who can take over the branch and ensure that it remains part of the post office network and that Sanquhar & # 39; s unique place in the postal history is preserved.

& # 39; In the meantime, the branch will remain open for business as usual. & # 39;

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