The world's first and oldest Post Office may close after more than three hundred years after the owners put it up for sale.

It was opened in Sanquhar, in Dumfries and Galloway, in 1712 but is now at risk after the current owners announced they would be retiring.

Nazra Alam, 67, and husband Dr Manzoor Alam, 77, have been running the business for more than four years. They are the 16th postmasters to run the branch.

The couple say they don't want the sale to mean the Post Office closes, because of its legacy and cultural value to the region.

It's been located in the centre of Sanquhar since Queen Anne was on the throne.

It's been in operation since 1712. Credit: PA

The Post Office is officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as the oldest one in operation.

The second oldest, located in Sweden, opened in 1720 while the third, in Santiago, Chile, opened in 1772.

It's on the market for £275,000 and comes with a cottage, courtyard and outbuildings that were originally stables for the horses drawing the mail carriages.

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