General Post Office


General Post Office  -  Photographed before 1871

The General Post Office from the steps of Register House  -  Photograph by Valentine taken before 1871

  Reproduced by courtesy St Andrews University Library                Photograph by J Valentine & Co                                                         JV-298

General Post Office

The photograph, taken  by Valentine & Co some time before 1871, comes from the collection in St Andrews University Library, which has a large archive of Valentine photographs and postcards.

The photo shows a quiet scene, looking SE towards the General Post Office at the East End of Princes Street.  The back wheels of carriage can be seen, heading east towards Waterloo Place, behind the plinth of the statue to the Duke of Wellington.

The foundation stone of the GPO was laid in 1861 by Prince Albert.  The building opened in 1866. It was extended in 1891.