Royal Mail post van copyright Michael Turner

John "Postman Pat" Cunliffe

John Cunliffe 1933 -

The children's literary character Postman Pat started life in the 1980s. Postman Pat’s many adventures were turned into a TV series and shown in more than 50 countries. His friends include Ajay the stationmaster, Mrs Goggins the postmistress and Jess, his black and white cat.

His creator John Cunliffe lived in Kendal for six years and much of his inspiration came from the local Cumbrian countryside. As well as the Postman Pat books, he has written nearly 200 books for children.


"The Greendale roads seemed more twisty and twiny than ever. Sometimes Pat wished he could fly like a bird and pop the letters and parcels down people's chimneys, like Father Christmas!"


  • Greendale was inspired by Longsleddale
  • Greendale post office was inspired by Beast Banks post office, now closed, in Kendal. A plaque marks the building.

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