TL4458 : Penfold pillar box outside King's College

near to Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Penfold pillar box outside King's College
Penfold pillar box outside King's College
An alternative view of this box. This is a genuine Penfold, not one of the late C20 replicas, and fortunately still sports the acanthus bud on the cap, missing from many examples. Ref no. CB2 104, Kings College.
Victorian Postboxes
In the British Isles the first pillar post boxes were erected in Jersey in 1852. Roadside wall boxes first appeared in 1857 as a cheaper alternative to pillar boxes, especially in rural districts. In 1853 the first pillar box in Britain was installed at Botchergate, Carlisle. In 1856 Richard Redgrave of the Department of Science and Art designed an ornate pillar box for use in London and other large cities. In 1859 the design was improved, and this became the first National Standard pillar box. Green was adopted as the standard colour for the early Victorian post boxes. Between 1866 and 1879 the hexagonal Penfold post box became the standard design for pillar boxes and it was during this period that red was first adopted as the standard colour. The first boxes to be painted red were in London in July 1874, although it would be nearly 10 years before all the boxes had been repainted.
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Sunday, 26 December, 2010   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 28 December, 2010
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Communications  City, Town centre 
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Postbox   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 4478 5835 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:12.2620N 0:7.0345E
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