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Since spending far too much time on the 'Hunt the Postbox' thread, I've got quite interested in the UK's wide selection of historic street post boxes. I'm no expert, but I am learning!

The purpose of this thread is to share photos of any rare, unusual, historic or simply beautiful post boxes which we come across....

I'll put up any I find, but everyone's welcome to add their own. I'm calling it for 'UK Postboxes', but any British boxes in far-flung parts of the Empire are also welcome.

First up, a fine example of a Victorian 'Penfold' hexagonal pillar box. This is still in use, and stands in Shrewsbury town centre.
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And an example of what I mean by simply a pretty box. It's set into a water mill in the village of Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire. Nothing special about it, just a standard KG5 wall box - but doesn't it look lovely?
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Here's a very rare item, known as a 'K4' - a strange hybrid of telephone box, letter box and stamp vending machine.
Apparently, only 50 were cast (they didn't catch on) and only 4 remain in use.
This one is in Frodsham, Cheshire. Still a working telephone box and post box, but sadly the stamp machines have been painted over!
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Another rare one - a Victorian 'fluted' design. 12 remain in use on the streets. This one is in Great Malvern, Worcestershire.
(Great Malvern has 3 of the remaining 12)
They also exist with a vertical slot, which are even rarer. Only four remain. I've yet to find one.
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Another 'Penfold' - this one is in Saltburn, North Yorkshire.
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Here's a puzzling one - a KG5 box which looks like no other pillar box I've seen anywhere. Just a squared box - you might not even recognise it for what it is.
A one-off? I've not been able to find anything about it on the internet. Anyone know?
This one is in Llandudno, Gwynedd.
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This Victorian wall box (no longer in use) is situated on the platform of Great Malvern station (ie, for the sole use of train passengers, you would have to have a ticket to be on the platform)

Great Malvern is a superbly preserved Victorian station. Note the lovely painted metal flowers on top of the pillars. Also benches with the original 'GWR' logo cast into them. Rail buffs will love it.
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Most, if not all, UK Postboxes have a Royal Cypher on them to indicate the reign of the monarch when they were installed.

This one is the only one I have found with TWO Royal Cyphers

UK Postbox PL30 151 - Hellandbridge, Cornwall
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This box is in Hellandbridge, Cornwall and has both "VR" and "GR" cyphers

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Malta must be one of the less "far-flung" parts of the old Empire, but here goes...

Here we still have quite a few British colonial-era pillar boxes and wall boxes, and many are still in use. The oldest are Victorian and Edwardian but few of them remain - "GR", "GVIR" or "EIIR" from the early/mid 20th century are more common. Malta's postboxes are still painted red (unlike Ireland or Hong Kong which repainted them green or Cyprus which repainted them yellow) but some years ago some boxes which are still in use had their royal cyphers painted in gold.

Shortly after we became a republic in 1974, probably sometime during the 1980s, some pillar boxes in the capital Valletta had their royal cyphers chased off by the government, but this defacement was limited to the capital city and many post boxes elsewhere on the islands remain intact. Around a decade ago all surviving examples were scheduled, so they should be preserved for future generations.

This is a postbox in Victoria (aka Rabat, capital of Malta's sister island Gozo) with the gold royal cypher of Queen Elizabeth II - I guess it dates back to the 1950s or so. I took this photo in 2012 and I had already posted it elsewhere on SB.

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Excellent, fchd.
I guess at some point in the 1910s-30s, the door needed replacing and they used a spare.
Where is it located?

All postbox curiosities welcome!

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To add some stamps to this thread, this 2004 set shows examples of post boxes from all the reigns from Victoria to Elizabeth II (except Edward VIII - I don't think there are any boxes from his reign here) plus a more recent MaltaPost postbox.

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The stamps depict actual post boxes: the Victorian box is located near the Customs House in Valletta, the Edwardian box is in Birgu, the George V and VI boxes at Munxar and Ħamrun, the Elizabeth II box is in Victoria (similar to the one in my pic) and the modern one is at St Anne Street in Floriana.
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Bill H UK wrote:
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This Victorian wall box (no longer in use) is situated on the platform of Great Malvern station (ie, for the sole use of train passengers, you would have to have a ticket to be on the platform)

Great Malvern is a superbly preserved Victorian station. Note the lovely painted metal flowers on top of the pillars. Also benches with the original 'GWR' logo cast into them. Rail buffs will love it.

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It is a lovely railway station and clearly was popular with the more well off Victorians. There is even a ‘secret’ tunnel that goes from the station a few hundred yards to a former luxurious hotel (now a private girl school) so the passengers wouldn’t get wet in the typical Malvern hills climate. There has been recent rumours of part of this tunnel being reopened again.

Back to post boxes, there was a lovely early VR example I remember in Mudeford near Christchurch, Dorset that was very similar to the Great Malvern example here.

Also, if I recall correctly there is a vertical slot VR postbox remaining on the Isle of Wight, possibly in Ryde.

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A couple more of my pics of Great Malvern station - it is a delight for lovers of Victoriana. You can see the sealed entrance to the tunnel you mention in the background of the first.
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Any members in the IoW - a photo of one of the 'vertical slots' would be great!

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Great Malvern is a superbly preserved Victorian station. Note the lovely painted metal flowers on top of the pillars. Also benches with the original 'GWR' logo cast into them. Rail buffs will love it.



It is a lovely railway station and clearly was popular with the more well off Victorians. There is even a ‘secret’ tunnel that goes from the station a few hundred yards to a former luxurious hotel (now a private girl school) so the passengers wouldn’t get wet in the typical Malvern hills climate. There has been recent rumours of part of this tunnel being reopened again.
Isn't/Wasn't there a similiar accessway from Waverly Station in Edinburgh to an adjoining hotel?
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Bill H UK wrote:
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A couple more of my pics of Great Malvern station - it is a delight for lovers of Victoriana. You can see the sealed entrance to the tunnel you mention in the background of the first.
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Any members in the IoW - a photo of one of the 'vertical slots' would be great!
Ironically the Mudeford, Christchurch postbox I mentioned is a vertical slot example!!! I just did a Google search and it was the first thing that came up!
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HalfpennyYellow wrote:
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Malta must be one of the less "far-flung" parts of the old Empire, but here goes...

Here we still have quite a few British colonial-era pillar boxes and wall boxes, and many are still in use. The oldest are Victorian and Edwardian but few of them remain - "GR", "GVIR" or "EIIR" from the early/mid 20th century are more common. Malta's postboxes are still painted red (unlike Ireland or Hong Kong which repainted them green or Cyprus which repainted them yellow) but some years ago some boxes which are still in use had their royal cyphers painted in gold.

Shortly after we became a republic in 1974, probably sometime during the 1980s, some pillar boxes in the capital Valletta had their royal cyphers chased off by the government, but this defacement was limited to the capital city and many post boxes elsewhere on the islands remain intact. Around a decade ago all surviving examples were scheduled, so they should be preserved for future generations.

This is a postbox in Victoria (aka Rabat, capital of Malta's sister island Gozo) with the gold royal cypher of Queen Elizabeth II - I guess it dates back to the 1950s or so. I took this photo in 2012 and I had already posted it elsewhere on SB.
Hi Halfpenny Yellow, and thanks for your contribution. It's great to hear that the remaining boxes on Malta are now protected. Whatever you think about British rule, you can't deny there are impressive bits of street furniture, and part of your history. I'd be interested to see any examples of the remaining older ones, or ones in more rural areas.

The stamps are a nice set, I'll try and pick a set up. Our Royal Mail issued a very nice set a while ago, I'll see if I can find some.

I didn't know HK had painted their boxes green - anyone got any pics?

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Great Malvern is a superbly preserved Victorian station. Note the lovely painted metal flowers on top of the pillars. Also benches with the original 'GWR' logo cast into them. Rail buffs will love it.



It is a lovely railway station and clearly was popular with the more well off Victorians. There is even a ‘secret’ tunnel that goes from the station a few hundred yards to a former luxurious hotel (now a private girl school) so the passengers wouldn’t get wet in the typical Malvern hills climate. There has been recent rumours of part of this tunnel being reopened again.
Isn't/Wasn't there a similiar accessway from Waverly Station in Edinburgh to an adjoining hotel?
Yes I do believe there is. No doubt to assume that the same type of visitor (i.e. rich!) would visit both these beautiful places.

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Isn't/Wasn't there a similiar accessway from Waverly Station in Edinburgh to an adjoining hotel?
Don't know. Maybe our Edinburgh agent, Oldduffer1, can tell us.....?

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A couple of post boxes in Australia that may date from colonial times.

Street post box. Katoomba NSW.
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Street post box. Wellington NSW.
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GB's Postbox stamps (2009 & 2002) - a couple of Royal Mail's better efforts this century - especially the wall boxes, I think.
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HalfpennyYellow wrote:
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Malta's postboxes are still painted red (unlike Ireland or Hong Kong which repainted them green or Cyprus which repainted them yellow)

Here's a 'green' one in the UK. It's been (badly) painted green as a political act in a 'nationalist' area of Belfast (Falls Rd.) No doubt the authorities don't dare to repaint it!
A curiosity.
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Google maps provides this image.

Post box at Norwick, Unst, Shetland Islands. The UKs most northerly post box.
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Bill H UK wrote:
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Isn't/Wasn't there a similiar accessway from Waverly Station in Edinburgh to an adjoining hotel?
Don't know. Maybe our Edinburgh agent, Oldduffer1, can tell us.....?
Don't think there is a tunnel (although there are plenty of old ones in Edinburgh!). The access from the Station to Princes Street and the North British (now Balmoral) hotel is via the Waverly Steps. These have now been covered over and an escalator added.

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Bill just in case you missed my previous message about the VR vertical slot postbox in Mudeford, Dorset (I sent two messages at once which made it a tad confusing) here it is:
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johore bahru malaysia c1995
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No, we got it fine, thanks.
What surprised me about the Victorian boxes was the size of the slots! Obviously they thought they only needed to accommodate a postcard or a folded sheet. Good luck getting a bunch of A4 reports or a couple of DVDs through there!

So one in Dorset, possibly one in the IoW.
I think I heard the others were in London, not sure.

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Not my picture but a rather spectacular (if not good for preservation) position of a Penfold at South Queensferry, with the Forth Rail Bridge in the background.

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http://www.visitdunkeld.com/September%20Tour%20Scotland/page ... nd_jpg.htm

I am sure I read somewhere that this is actually a reproduction box, but cannot now seem to find conformation.

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Excellent, Hatter. This is the sort of thing we're looking for.
Here's a lucky UK pillar box that's ended up in St. Lucia (on the beach, too!)
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Some interesting info and great photos here:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2479115/How-Royal-M ... boxes.html

(Thanks to Bazza4338 for this)

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Here's one on the Queen Mary 2
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And in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
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OldDuffer1 wrote:
24 Jul 2021 23:24
Bill H UK wrote:
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Isn't/Wasn't there a similiar accessway from Waverly Station in Edinburgh to an adjoining hotel?
Don't know. Maybe our Edinburgh agent, Oldduffer1, can tell us.....?
Don't think there is a tunnel (although there are plenty of old ones in Edinburgh!). The access from the Station to Princes Street and the North British (now Balmoral) hotel is via the Waverly Steps. These have now been covered over and an escalator added.
As far as I now can remember, Michael Portillo was shown the internal stairway on one of his Great Railway Journeys.

Although, there is a spiral walkway/passage, called The Scotsman Steps from the front of the Scotsman Hotel down to Market Street.
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Falkland Islands box:
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RevRed+ wrote:
25 Jul 2021 04:29
OldDuffer1 wrote:
24 Jul 2021 23:24
Bill H UK wrote:
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Isn't/Wasn't there a similiar accessway from Waverly Station in Edinburgh to an adjoining hotel?
Don't know. Maybe our Edinburgh agent, Oldduffer1, can tell us.....?
Don't think there is a tunnel (although there are plenty of old ones in Edinburgh!). The access from the Station to Princes Street and the North British (now Balmoral) hotel is via the Waverly Steps. These have now been covered over and an escalator added.
As far as I now can remember, Michael Portillo was shown the internal stairway on one of his Great Railway Journeys.
Cannot find any reference to a "secret" stairway. Although, there is a spiral walkway/passage, called The Scotsman Steps from the front of the Scotsman Hotel, (previously the Scotsman Newspaper building), down to Market Street. The Scotsman steps - sometimes known as the "pissy" steps because of the unfortunate habits of certain persons!

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Generally to be avoided in the past, they have now been tarted up with replacement marble steps etc.
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Here's a puzzling one - a KG5 box which looks like no other pillar box I've seen anywhere. Just a squared box - you might not even recognise it for what it is.
A one-off? I've not been able to find anything about it on the internet. Anyone know?
This one is in Llandudno, Gwynedd.

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I've seen this one but don't know anything about it.

There's another postbox in Llandudno mentioned in Old Letter Boxes book, by Martin Robinson published by Shire Publications.

Maybe contact the Letterbox Study Group, or see if Royal Mail or the National Postal Museum know anything about that odd postbox.
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I've been out and about recently taking pictures of postboxes... with a view to tweeting them on Saturdays for #postboxsaturday on Twitter and Instagram. There was something on a BBC local radio station about #postboxsaturday.

Anyway, no doubt I'll be sharing some with you all soon..
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Here's a couple of boxes attached to still-working and rather quaint Post Offices, both from my neck of the woods (East Riding of Yorkshire)
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This one is in the village of Warter. Just a post office, not a shop, and open 3 times a week'
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This one is in Burton Fleming, barely hanging on as it's open only one day per week. I like it for the lovely unofficial hand-carved sign above the shop, carved from a single oak beam by a postmaster in the 1930's, I'm told by the locals.

Please feel free to add any interesting, picturesque or quirky PO's you come across!

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Old British pillar box still in use in Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus, nicely painted yellow.
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Here's one I photographed yesterday - a rather functional one at the Avonmouth Delivery Office, north of Bristol. I almost missed it as it is housed deep in a recess of the red-brick building

Postbox BS11 639, Avonmouth Delivery Office
Postbox BS11 639, Avonmouth Delivery Office



I'm sure it looked nicer when the metal was new and shiny.

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Interesting. There is a bronze metal wall box in Scarborough, on a post office wall. I had thought that it might be a converted bank ( looks like it could be) and the bank's post box repurposed.
No cypher I note.

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I passed this one again today on the way back from a walk.
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It is on the way into Llanllyfni from Penygroes.
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A stop in Mansfield saw me finding this.
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We've seen some British style boxes in other countries, so how about some French style boxes in the UK.

There are three that I know of in North Devon, two of which are used for Royal Mail collections, and the other just a ceremonial box

Taking them from West to East (or South to North, it's the same thing), these came "over here" due to various town twinning arrangements with towns in the UK & France


Clovelly

Inside the Clovelly Visitors Centre, this is the one that is not a functioning Royal Mail box. There is a "live" box in the carpark outside.
French style box Clovelly
French style box Clovelly
Bideford

Attached to the Burton Art Gallery, about 50m from the local Post Office. Presented to the people of Bideford in 1992.
French style box EX39 183D
French style box EX39 183D
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Caen Street. There is a regular UK box within a few metres.
French style box EX33 78D
French style box EX33 78D

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Most of the post boxes in Ireland date back to British times. Here is one.

GR Wall Post Box.
GR Wall Post Box.

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Oops! It was the right way up on my computer. My apologies. :roll:
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fchd wrote:
30 Jul 2021 05:08
We've seen some British style boxes in other countries, so how about some French style boxes in the UK.

There are three that I know of in North Devon, two of which are used for Royal Mail collections, and the other just a ceremonial box

Taking them from West to East (or South to North, it's the same thing), these came "over here" due to various town twinning arrangements with towns in the UK & France



Most interesting- I'd not heard of these before. And 2 are actually used as RM boxes! Splendid.

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RevRed+ wrote:
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Most of the post boxes in Ireland date back to British times. Here is one.


Is it true that some have the cyphers chiseled off? A picture of one of those would be interesting.

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Bill H UK wrote:
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RevRed+ wrote:
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Is it true that some have the cyphers chiseled off? A picture of one of those would be interesting.
I believe so, but I cannot remember seeing one. I'll keep an eye out in future.
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FairyFoot wrote:
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A stop in Mansfield saw me finding this.

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I'm guessing that this used to have a Post Office 'arrow' sign on the top, judging by the bracket on top.

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RevRed+ wrote:
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Bill H UK wrote:
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RevRed+ wrote:
30 Jul 2021 05:15
Is it true that some have the cyphers chiseled off? A picture of one of those would be interesting.
I believe so, but I cannot remember seeing one. I'll keep an eye out in future.
I've heard the tale but never actually seen one. Keep your eyes peeled!

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I've just found this in my photos. No idea where it is.

Post Box
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