Forging Ahead: Spring Hill Post Office

We are looking for memories of Spring Hill Post Office, Wolverhampton in the mid 1960s so that we can recreate it in our new 1940s-60s historic town.

What we need & how to contact us

Spring Hill Post Office

To help us in our recreation, we would love to talk to anyone with memories of the Post Office. Do you remember Spring Hill Post Office? Did you buy, or post, your Christmas cards there? Did you buy any models in the shop? Do you remember Stan Nettleton, who ran the Post Office in the 1960s?

This building has so many stories to tell, so if you or anyone you know remembers Spring Hill Post Office during this period, please get in touch via

  • Tel: 0121 557 9643
  • Email: [email protected] 
  • Post address: Collections Team, Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ 

Built in the late 1930s, Spring Hill Post Office was ready to serve the large new Woodlands Estate, Upper Penn. It was situated on the A449, Penn Road, from Wolverhampton towards Stourbridge and Worcester, with a George V post box outside. Plans were submitted in February 1935 on behalf of Leonard Nettleton, a local confectioner, and the post office opened in 1937. Leonard, his wife Edith, and son Leonard Stanley (usually known as Stan) lived in a flat above the shop.

By 1965 the shop was run by Leonard’s son Stan and a ‘Nettleton’s’ sign was added to the shopfront. In addition to the traditional products and services of a post office, Stan sold Dinky and Hornby models, amongst other brands. The business was sold to a Mr Skilton in the 1970s, and his son Peter Skilton took over in 1985, renting the shop space. When Stan died in 1990 Peter took the opportunity to buy the building, and he lives and works there to this day. It operated as a post office until about 2005, when it closed along with many others in Wolverhampton. The shop is now a specialist model shop.