Old Wokingham Post Office given protected status
A historic town center building has been granted additional protection by Wokingham Borough Council.
The former Broad Street Post Office, which recently celebrated its 90th anniversary, has been added to the council’s register of buildings of traditional local character after a nomination by the Wokingham Society – a civic group which protects the town’s architectural heritage .
Completed in 1932, the neo-Georgian red brick building will henceforth be recognized as “locally significant”, that is to say protected from planning applications which do not preserve the particularities of the site.
The designation falls just short of the national listing criteria, but the requirements for anyone applying for planning permission remain the same.
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Wokingham Society president Peter Must said he was “delighted” with the decision to save the “beautiful example” of a style popular in the 20th century.
He added: “While Wokingham rejoices in the number of its buildings from the medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian periods, there are few large public buildings which date from the interwar period and probably none as imposing as this -this.”
Designed by architect David Dyke, it was opened by dignitaries including the town’s mayor, Alderman Albert Ebenezer Priest, who purchased the slot machine’s first stamps and displayed the first two letters.
It cost £20,000 and took around three years to build, during which trenches were dug across the main road, creating an additional challenge for staff collecting and delivering mail.
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It now serves as the Royal Mail delivery office, with the town post office based around the corner from the Market Square.
Executive Member for Planning and Local Plan Cllr Lindsay Ferris said the council was ‘very pleased’ to support the nomination and thanked the Wokingham Society for the ‘many hours’ they put into preparing the nomination. nomination.
He explained: “We share their desire to preserve the historic heritage of the city, as we do throughout the borough, and will take all available measures to protect our historic monuments for future generations, whether they are centenarians or a little more recent.
The nomination was also backed by Wokingham City Council, whose built heritage consultant hailed the company’s nomination as “well-researched” and said it presented a strong case.
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She added: “Overall the building adds positively to the historical and architectural interest and development of Broad Street. It is clearly well regarded locally…it is certainly a beautiful and well designed historic building.
Royal Mail, the landowner, has raised no objections as long as the designation does not apply to the service yard and other adjoining buildings as they are necessary for its daily operation, which has been agreed.