The female postmistress at the post-office is still recovering from the shock of the incident which occurred around 8.20 am on Thursday.
Rural post offices will be hit hard when direct benefit payments are introduced, the postmistress in Pool-in-Wharfedale fears.
It continued to house the village school until 1933, when children were taught by the postmistress who lived next door.
Julia served as postmistress at the old post office in Binghamstown for all of her working life, until her retirement some years ago.
The postmistress at the sub-post office was emphatic that small packages to Europe no longer required green customs slips.
It will be a sad day for a Guiseley postmistress when her business closes in a month due to Post Office cutbacks.
They wrapped it in brown paper, addressed it to ‘Hitler, The Palace, Germany’, and took it to the post office, where the postmistress solemnly undertook to see it was delivered.
The postmistress called for security firms to be made responsible for safe keys to try and stem the rising tide of robberies.
A spokesman for Suffolk Police said: ‘The men demanded money from the postmistress while threatening her with what appeared to be a shotgun, a baseball bat and a crowbar.’
According to a local postmistress , businesses have been forced out of the area and a siege mentality, where shop owners live with the daily threat of violence, prevails.