Engraving from Old & New Edinburgh - published 1890

General Post Office

General Post Office  -  at the East End of Princes Street

Engraving in 'Old & New Edinburgh'  -  The General Post Office

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General Post Office  -  at the East End of Princes Street

The Old Building

The General Post Office (GPO) is an impressive building on the corner of North Bridge and Waterloo Place, at the East End of Princes Street. It is almost opposite Register House.

Traditionally, all distances from Edinburgh have been measured from the GPO.

The foundation stone of the building was laid on  October 23, 1861, by Prince Albert.  The building opened on May 7, 1866.  The building was extended in 1891-92 and again in 1907-10.

Unfortunately, since closing in October 1995, the building remained empty and begun to look very shabby.

A New Building

   Photograph by Peter Stubbs  -  August 2002  -  View from the steps of Register House, looking past Steele's statue of the Duke of Wellington, towards North Bridge and the General Post Office.

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