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Penarth. Now Post Office. Thirty-two years ago the premises now occupied by Lloyd's Bank, 11 Windsor-place, was where Penarth's fostal business was transacted, but many flfiys have passed since then, and many changes we have seen. From Windsor-place the 11 business was transferred to a shop in about the middle of Glebe- Street, and later on to what is known as the Emlyn Stores, the then postmaster being Mr John Richards, one of our distinguished Poor Law Guardians. Owing to the increasing importance of the jtown, and cor- respondingly increasing business, it became necessary to open premises which would be devoted entirely to post office work, and at this time our present re- spected postmaster. Mr Edwsrd Jones, was ap- pointed, and the Windsor-road office was opened. At that time these were suffleieritly large to meet all requirements, but Penarth has gone on growing, and although the offices were improved and enlarged time after time, to meet increased demands, there has come the time when they were quite inadequate, hence the lamoval to the premises immediately opposite the first post office in Penarth, and which have been remodeled and fitted up with all the latest improvements for the Convenience of the public and the comfort of the Staff. The public office is nearly double the size of the One just vacated. A tessilated flooring has been placed through the entrance lobby and office. The ornamental coloured glass in the door and partition has been speciaIly designed At one end of the counter is a desk for the issuing of money orders, &c., whilst at the other end is a desk for the receipt and booking of registered letters and parcels. Between this desk and the wall is a short moveable counter, sver which parcels are received, The counter con- tains three stamp and one money and postal order drawers, also a lccker for registered parcels, &c. The back of the postal orders desk is fitted up with a nest of pigeon holes for advices, and so perfect are all these arrangements that snatchers have no chance of carrying on their nefarious calling. At the back of the public office and underneath the window are throe separate compartments for the use of persons wishing to write messages, &c., and here also letters may be pasted instead of taking them outside. This is a very great convenience. From this office there are two speaking tubes, so that the postmaster can be Communicated with in either of his private rooms. In handing in telegrtcms to the "operator," it is not necessary to leave the office, but a small sliding door is opened, and the paper is placed in front of the per- son in charge of the instrument. The telegraph office is supplied with one of Morse's Sounder in- struments, which is considered the best now in use. The "messengers" have a separate waiting-room, with an entrance from the side of the post office. There are nine of these boys now employed in the office. The sorting and store-rooms are admirably fitted up with every convenience. The former are large, well lighted, and well ventilated. In a abort time a double-faced clock will be placed in the front office window. This will I-e a great boon to the general public. The office fittings have been supplied by Mr „ Henry Bessel, of Bristol, and are principally of mahogany, teak, and beech wood. At the rear of the building are also re iring rooms for the use of the Clerks. No expense has been spared m providing for the conveuience of the public, the comfort of the officials has been studied, and Mr Jones is to be con- gratulated upon the great improvements which hilve been effected. The "staff" have in the past been somewhat handicapped, but they have nevertheless striven to their utmost to give satisfaction, being at all times most courteous, civil, and obliging. The office was designed by Mr Snell, and the building alterations have been carried out in a most praise- worthy manner by Mr John Jones. ig Rambling Tommy writes respecting the Post el 0 Office, as follows Much has been said of the need of more commo- dious premised for the carrying on of the postal worK at Penarth, in fact the old premises have long been to.ally unsuited to cope with the growing demands of our town. It is therefore .t cause of general satisfac- tion that we have now a post office which is adapted in every way to the increased requirements of the public. The new building is large, airy, and exceed- ingly well fitted up with all the latest improvements, and every facility is given for the furtherance of the work in each and every department. Foremost amongst the advantages I notice that it is now possi- ble to post letters inside the office. This, in itself, is a great boon. I must also embrace this opportunity of congratulating the post-master upon the admirable way in which be has effected the different improve- ments which are to noticeable in the present office. Nothing appears to have been omitted which could have conduced to the convenience of the public. Every consideration has also been given to the com- fort of the staff in general, whom, it must be remem- bered, are not macnines to be worked on the "penny in the slot principle. Will my readers kindly bear tiys in mind l"

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