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THE PACKMAN AND MAIL

The Packman

The Packman, who carried his goods for sale in a bundle or pack, strapped to his horse, was made very welcome on his quarterly visits from Ulverston. The village children also enjoyed Peggy Creary's visits, for she came to sell buns, "wigs", and toffee.




Mail

Letters and parcels were carried between Dalton and Barrow by foot post (1847-1886). In 1847, James Fisher, aged seventeen, was appointed Postmaster; a telegraph service opened in 1854.


Drawing by James Askew