Olympic and Paralympic Gold Post Boxes

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Introduction

TL5326 : Gold Post Box, Robin Hood Road by Oast House Archive
During the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, the Royal Mail celebrated each Great Britain gold medal by painting a post box gold in the home town of each gold medal winner.

In total there were 29 Team GB Gold Medals for the Olympic Games and 34 Paralympics GB Gold Medals for the Paralympic Games, coming third in both overall.

Boxes were also painted for Irish gold medal winners of which there were three winners for the Paralympics.

The boxes were originally to be repainted in their traditional red, but the boxes will now remain gold, and a plaque put on each one.

Olympics

Over 53 post boxes were painted Gold for the Olympic winners.

Alex Gregory

Rowing - Men's Four
SO95092232 Upper High Street, Cheltenham

SO9522 : Olympic Gold Double Letter Box, Cheltenham Spa by Roy Hughes

Alistair Brownlee

Triathlon - Men's Triathlon
SE23733736 New Road Side, Horsforth

SE2337 : Gold Post Box, New Road Side (4) by Rich Tea SE2337 : Gold Post Box, New Road Side (3) by Rich Tea

Andy Murray

Two post boxes were painted for Andy's one gold medal.

Tennis - Men's Singles
NN78200126 High Street, Dunblaine

NN7801 : The Wandering Walton's Quest for Olympic Gold by Ray F Walton NN7801 : High Street, Dunblane by Bill Boaden

TQ24357167 Church Road/Somerset Road, Wimbledon

TQ2471 : Well Done........ Andy!! by Phillip Perry

Andrew Triggs Hodge

Rowing - Men's Four
SE026631 Main Street - Hebden

SE0263 : Gold Post Box at Hebden Post Office by John Sparshatt SE0263 : Gold painted post-box, Hebden by Peter Barr

Anna Watkins

Rowing - Women's Double Sculls
SJ984565 Derby Street - Leek

SJ9856 : Gold Box in Derby Street, Leek by Kit Slater

Anthony Joshua

Boxing - Men's Super Heavy (+91kg)
Watford High Street post office, Watford, London, WD17 2DN

TQ1196 : Anthony Joshua's Gold Postbox, Watford by David Anstiss

Ben Ainslie

Sailing - Men's Finn
SW81393724 Pandora Inn, Restronguet

SW8137 : The north elevation of the Pandora Inn at Restronguet by Rod Allday SW8137 : Golden postbox in the wall of the Pandora Inn by Rod Allday

SZ32639559 Lymington
Originally an unofficially painted box by an over enthusiastic local, it was later made an official Royal Mail painted gold box. It does not appear on the official website though.

SZ3295 : Gold postbox by Richard Croft SZ3295 : Lymington: detail of the gold postbox (1) by Chris Downer SZ3295 : Lymington High Street, Ben Ainslie's Golden Postbox by David Dixon

Ben Maher

Equestrian - Team Jumping
TL534263 Robin Hood Road - Elsenham

TL5326 : Gold Post Box, Robin Hood Road by Oast House Archive TL5326 : Gold Post Box, Robin Hood Road by Oast House Archive

Bradley Wiggins

Two post boxes were painted for Bradley's one gold medal.

Cycling - Road - Men's Individual Time Trial
SD58291768 Market Street, Chorley

SD5817 : Bradley Wiggins' Gold Post Box, Chorley by David Dixon SD5817 : Chorley goes Gold for Bradley Wiggins by Douglas Law

SD52251683 Carrington Centre Eccleston

SD5216 : Gold pillar box, the Carrington Centre by Ian Taylor SD5216 : Gold Post Box, Eccleston Post Office by David Dixon

Carl Hester

Equestrian - Team Dressage
The Avenue, Sark

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Charlotte Dujardin

Two gold medals

(1) Equestrian - Individual Dressage
SO723258 Church Street, Newent

SO7225 : Gold post box, Church Street, Newent by Bob Embleton SO7225 : Gold postal box outside post office, Church Street Newent by Bob Embleton

(2) Equestrian - Team Dressage
TQ330965 Colman Parade, Southbury Road, Enfield, EN1 1YY

TQ3296 : Charlotte Dujardin's Gold Post Box by Oast House Archive TQ3296 : Charlotte Dujardin's Gold Post Box by Oast House Archive

Chris Hoy

Two gold medals

(1) Cycling - Track - Men's Team Sprint
NT25397389 Hanover Street/Princes Street, Edinburgh

NT2573 : Gold painted Post Box by Dave Fergusson

(2) Cycling - Track - Men's Keirin
NT25927359 Hunter Square, Edinburgh

NT2573 : Hunter Square by Richard Webb NT2573 : Edinburgh: golden postbox, Hunter Square by Christopher Hilton

Dani King

Cycling - Track - Women's Team Pursuit
NT259735 High Street, Hamble

SU4806 : Golden post box in Hamble's High Street by Barry Shimmon

Edward Clancy

Cycling - Track - Men's Team Pursuit
SE143167 Railway Street, Huddersfield

SE1416 : Gold post box, Railway Street, Huddersfield by Humphrey Bolton SE1416 : Gold post box, Railway Street, Huddersfield by Humphrey Bolton

Ed Mckeever

ST826609 Canoe Sprint - Men's Kayak Single (K1) 200m

ST8260 : Gold Post Box for Ed McKeever by John Sparshatt ST8261 : Gold Postbox, Bradford-Upon-Avon by Oast House Archive

Etienne Stott

Canoe Slalom - Men's Canoe Double (C2)
TL049496 St Paulís Square, Bedford MK40 1SQ

TL0449 : Gold Post Box in St Paul's Square, Bedford by Kit Slater

Geraint Thomas

Cycling - Track - Men's Team Pursuit
ST180764 Castle Street, Cardiff

ST1876 : Gold painted post box, Cardiff by Philip Halling ST1876 : Gold Postbox, Cardiff Castle by David Dixon

Greg Rutherford

Athletics - Men's Long Jump
SP856394 Silbury Boulevard - Milton Keynes

SP8539 : Greg Rutherford's Gold Post Boxes, Silbury Boulevard by Oast House Archive SP8539 : Greg Rutherford's Gold Post Boxes, Silbury Boulevard by Oast House Archive

Heather Stanning

Rowing - Women's Pairs
NJ237707 Clifton Road West, Lossiemouth

NJ2370 : Gone for gold!!!  Lossiemouth leads the field.... by Des Colhoun NJ2370 : Seine net and gold post box - Pioneered in Lossiemouth by Des Colhoun

Helen Glover

Rowing - Women's Pairs
SW47652996 Quay Street, Penzance

SW4729 : Golden postbox in Quay Street Penzance by Rod Allday SW4729 : Golden box by Malcolm Kewn SW4729 : Sharing the golden glow! by Rod Allday

Jade Jones

Taekwondo - Women's (57kg)
Church Street - Flint

SJ2472 : Golden Post-box 3 by George Lloyd SJ2472 : Golden Post-box by George Lloyd

Jason Kenny

Two gold medals

(1) Cycling - Track - Men's Sprint
SD714092 Bolton Post Office, Deansgate, Bolton

SD7109 : Gold Post Box (Jason Kenny), Bolton Deansgate by David Dixon
(2) Cycling - Track - Team Sprint
SD71930931 Churchgate, Bolton

SD7109 : Jason Kenny's Gold Postbox on Churchgate by David Dixon SD7109 : Gold Post Box, Churchgate by David Dixon

Jessica Ennis

Women's Heptathlon
SK35148716 Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield

SK3587 : Jessica's Golden Post Box by Graham Hogg SK3587 : Jess' Golden Post Box complete with Postman, Barker's Pool, Sheffield by Terry Robinson

Joanna Rowsell

Cycling - Track - Women's Team Pursuit
TQ273642 Carshalton Road/Cambridge Road, Carshalton, SM5 3PZ

TQ2463 : Cheam: postbox № SM3 215, Ewell Road by Chris Downer

Katherine Copeland

Rowing - Women's Lightweight Double Sculls
NZ436149 Ingleby Barwick/Apsley Way, Stockton-on-Tees

NZ4314 : Gold Box The Rings, Ingleby Barwick by Kit Slater

Katherine Grainger

Rowing - Women's Double Sculls
NJ944063 Castle Street, Aberdeen

NJ9406 : Golden Wonder by Bill Harrison

Laura Bechtolsheimer

Equestrian - Team Dressage
SP081014 Ampney St Peter, Gloucestershire

SP0801 : Post box GL7 16 Ampney St Peter, Gloucestershire by Brian Robert Marshall

Laura Trott

Two gold medals

(1) Cycling - Track - Women's Omnium
Newham Parade - Cheshunt

TL3502 : Laura Trott's Gold Post Box by Oast House Archive TL3502 : Laura Trott's Gold Post Box by Oast House Archive

(2) Cycling - Track - Women's Team Pursuit
Cadmore Lane - Cheshunt

TL3602 : Laura Trott's Gold Post Box by Oast House Archive TL3602 : Laura Trott's Gold Post Box by Oast House Archive

Post Office Road - Harlow

TL4410 : Gold Post Box, Post Office Road by Oast House Archive TL4410 : Gold Post Box, Post Office Road by Oast House Archive

This post box was mistakenly painted in Harlow instead of Cheshunt, which was then also painted, giving Laura Trott a total of 3 golden post boxes.

Luke Campbell

Boxing - Men's Bantam (56kg)
TA079277 284 Hessle Rd, Hull, Kingston upon Hull, HU3 3EA,

TA0727 : Gold Post Box outside Post Office on Hessle Road, Hull by Kit Slater

A telephone box was also painted Gold

TA1028 : Gold Phone Box in Market Place Hull by Kit Slater

Mohamed 'Mo' Farah

Two gold medals

(1) Athletics - Men's 10,000m
TQ1576477 London Road, Isleworth TW7 4BX

TQ1576 : Well Done........ Mo!! by Phillip Perry

(2) Athletics - Men's 5,000m
TQ15647097 Broad Street (by North Lane), Teddington TW11 8RF

TQ1570 : Well Done........ Mo!! by Phillip Perry

Nicola Adams

Boxing - Women's Fly (51kg)
Cookridge Street - Leeds

SE2933 : Gold Post Boxes, The Headrow / Cookridge Street, Leeds (4) by Rich Tea

Nick Skelton

Equestrian - Team Jumping
SP089573 High Street - Alcester

SP0857 : Gold Box outside Post Office on High St Alcester by Kit Slater

Pete Reed

The only man with four gold post boxes for his one gold medal.

Rowing - Men's Four
ST849996 Stroud

ST8499 : Gold postboxes, Old Market, Nailsworth (2) by Brian Robert Marshall ST8499 : Gold postboxes, Old Market, Nailsworth (1) by Brian Robert Marshall

SO84820022 Nailsworth

SO8400 : Watledge: postbox № GL6 63 by Chris Downer

TQ20527834 Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, Chiswick, London W4 4JE

TQ2078 : Well Done........ Pete!! by Phillip Perry

Peter Charles

Equestrian - Team Jumping
Two gold post boxes - one at:
SU723395 Paper Mill Lane, Alton

SU7239 : Alton: postbox № GU34 96, Paper Mill Lane by Chris Downer

which turned out not to be quite the right place, and therefore another is in:
SU66414013 Bentworth

SU6640 : Gold post box by Hugh Craddock SU6640 : Bentworth: postbox № GU34 71 by Chris Downer

Peter Kennaugh

Cycling - Track - Men's Team Pursuit
SC398781 Onchan Post Office, Main Road/Kelvin Road, Onchan

SC3978 : Olympic Gold Post Box - Onchan by Richard Hoare SC3978 : The Manx Arms and a golden post box by Richard Hoare

Peter Wilson

Shooting Men's Double Trap
ST63821674 Cheap Street, Sherborne

ST6316 : Olympic Gold Pillar Box, Sherborne by Keith Salvesen ST6316 : Sherborne: an Olympic gold postbox by Chris Downer

Philip Hinde

Cycling - Track - Men's Team Sprint
SJ83779807 Lloyd Street/Albert Square, Manchester

SJ8398 : Gold Postbox, Albert Square, Manchester by Gerald England SJ8398 : Gold Postbox outside the Slug & Lettuce by Gerald England SJ8398 : Gold Postbox, Albert Square by David Dixon

Scott Brash

Equestrian - Team Jumping
NT25144040 41 High Street, Peebles

NT2540 : Olympic gold pillar box, Peebles High Street by Jim Barton

This post box near Peebles was also unofficially painted gold

NT2137 : Gold postbox, Kirkton Manor by Jim Barton

Another miscellaneous box
NT2033 : Postbox, Posso by Richard Webb NT2033 : Road up Manor Valley, Posso by Richard Webb

Sophie Hosking

Rowing - Women's Lightweight Double Sculls
Worple Road, Wimbledon

TQ2470 : Gold Postbox, Wimbledon by David Anstiss

Steven Burke

Cycling - Track - Men's Team Pursuit
Albert Road/Crabtree Street, Colne

SD8839 : Gold Post Box in Colne by John Sparshatt

Tim Baille

Canoe Slalom - Men's Canoe Double (C2)
NJ830076 Westhill Drive North, Westhill

NJ8307 : Gold Box on Westhill Drive North, Westhill by Kit Slater

NJ831073 Westhill Drive Aberdeen, AB32

NJ8307 : Second Gold Post Box on Westhill Drive, Westhill by Kit Slater

Tom James

Rowing - Men's Four
SJ33445015 Town Hill Post Office - Wrexham

SJ3350 : Gold painted post box in Town Hill, Wrexham by John S Turner

Victoria Pendleton

Cycling - Track -Women's Sprint
Brook Street - Stotfold

TL2136 : Gold Box on Brook Street, Stotfold by Kit Slater

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