The London Postal Region covers just under 1,200 square miles - an area comprising the numbered postal districts, eg London EC1, NW10, SE7, etc and the towns on the edge of London, such as Croydon, Harrow, Watford and Romford.
The London Postal Region covers just under 1,200 square miles - an area comprising the numbered postal districts, eg London EC1, NW10, SE7, etc and the towns on the edge of London, such as Croydon, Harrow, Watford and Romford. It is the smallest of ten postal regions in the UK, but is the largest in terms of business handled and staff employed. Nearly one-third of the letters and a quarter of the parcels posted daily in the United Kingdom are handled in the London Postal Region, which employs about a quarter of all postal staff.
Moving the Christmas mail is always a tremendous task. Each year there are more than 200 million letters and cards posted in the Region during the peak period - about three times the normal amount. The highest daily total - which usually occurs on December 17 or 18 - was 24,250,000 in 1972. There are also more than three million parcels posted at Christmas. In addition, the Region handles a large part of the 700 million letters and cards and the 13 million parcels posted in other parts of the UK.
Service to the public in the London Postal Region's given by 134 sorting offices and 1,890 post office counters. The Region's staff includes:
29,000 Postmen and mail van drivers
6,000 Counter clerks
At the moment there are vancies for:
532 Counter Clerks
Before the Great Fire of London, the site of Mount Pleasant Sorting Office consisted of open fields on Mount Pleasant rising ground about the Fleet River, half a mile from the walls of the City of London. Today, a vast Post Office complex occupies nine acres there.
On the site used to stand the Middlesex House of Correction, known popularly as Coldbath Prison. Built as a criminal gaol and later used as a debtor's prison, the building was taken over by the Post Office in 1887, first as a parcel sorting office and later, in 1900, as a letter sorting office as well. The name Mount Pleasant was officially adopted on November 6, 1888, when the Postmaster General, Henry Cecil Raikes, decided: "The designation 'Mount Peasant' will be officially applied to all Post Office premises at coldbath Fields." The building in use now was opened on November 2, 1934. Beneath in runs the Post Office Railway and through it pass the mails to the mails to and from destinations all over the country.
Mount Pleasant sorting office handles 4 million letters and more than 100,000 parcels every day. During the annual Christmas rush these quantities are trebled. To cope with the great flood of mail, Mount Pleasant employs over 4,000 regular postmen. For Christmas it takes on 1,100 casual staff.