Does anyone know the location of the post office that was robbed on the weekend of the double event?
The 1887 Goad map shows it on the left corner of Duke Street and Aldgate High Street. But the later OS map has it a couple of doors further up the high street, at no. 2 (Aldgate Chambers according to Goad). Obviously it was relocated sometime between 1887 and 1894, but was this before or after the murders?
Contemporary reports of the break-in say the PO was entered via an adjacent empty warehouse, and there don't seem to be any near the original location so I'm leaning towards the move taking place pre-ripper. Can anyone confirm?
Here's part of a report from the Huddersfield Chronicle:
"Careful examination by the police shows that the burglars first entered an empty warehouse in Duke Street, just round the corner, and then got into the Post Office through a trap door in the roof."
The article goes on to say that the police had been concerned for some time that the empty property to the rear was a potential point of access.
"for some time the safety of the office had been suspected by the police and the Post Office authorities, who have noticed the comparative ease by which it could be entered from the back on account of the adjacent premises being unoccupied."
I think this description tends to rule out the alternate location at No.2 Aldgate High St. as there is no premises at the rear of that address in Duke St.
The only location that fits is the corner premises at 19/20 Aldgate High St.
That said, there is an obscure mention of a passage which leads to stairs, whether this passage is internal or external to the premises is not clear.
Regards, Jon S.
Last edited by Wickerman : 12-19-2016 at 08:00 AM.
The land tax record for 87 shows 19 & 20 Aldgate mentioned by Simon, occupied by The Postmaster General and Eliza Jones and owned by Lewis Myers. A warehouse and offices over are listed next door at Nos. 15,16,17 and 18 Aldgate.
In 1888 only Eliza Jones is listed as occupier of No 19 and 20 and it is still owned by Lewis Myers but the Post Master isn't mentioned. There's a pencilled in note saying 'taken down' in the occupier section above Eliza's name, the same was added in the 89 entry but crossed out.
Interestingly, 52 Duke St, mentioned by Jon, was also owned by Lewis Myers but is shown as empty in 1888 and 1887.
2 Aldgate High St was listed as a post office in 1888 and was listed next door to some empty vaults. No. 2 is not listed as a post office in 1887 but it is in 1889.