SJ8990 : St Peter's Square

taken 3 years ago, near to Stockport, Great Britain

St Peter's Square
St Peter's Square
In the foreground is a "franked mail only" postbox SJ8990 : Franked Mail Only in front of a double postbox SJ8990 : Double Postbox SK1 385 & 386. In the background is St Peter's Church. In mid-ground is a statue of Richard Cobden SJ8990 : Cobden's statue.
St Peter's Church, Stockport
St Peter's Church was built as a chapel at ease, at the behest of William Wright, in red brick with slate roof and round-headed windows to the nave. The west tower rises to an octagonal belfry with clock face. The chancel was added in 1888.

William Wright was Lord of the Manor of Offerton and Mottram St Andrew. His town house in Stockport was the Mansion House on High Street and St Petersgate was constructed by him as a convenient route between his house and his church.

It was consecrated on 31st May 1768 by Bishop Edmund Keene. In 1861 St Peter's became an "Ecclesiastical District", only becoming a fully fledged Parish in 1968. In 1985 the Parish became a United Benefice with St Thomas.

The church clock, built in 1769 by John Whitehurst, is the oldest public clock in Greater Manchester. The mechanism is on view in the church having been restored to working order in 1985.

High up in the belfry is a bell cast at the Rudhall Foundry in Gloucester and inscribed "Prosperity to this town T.R. 1768".

Church website: LinkExternal link
Business postbox for franked mail
The distinctive business postbox for franked mail was introduced in the mid-1990s. Before the advent of such boxes, franked mail could not be posted in a letter box and thus had to be handed in at a post or sorting office unless the business had a visit from the postman. (The reason for this is that ordinary stamped mail would be sent to the sorting office and postmarked, whereas franked mail is already dated by the sender's franking machine.)

Because it is designed for business mail, it is found usually in business parks and industrial estates or in areas of town which are heavily occupied by businesses and has relatively late final collection times.

It is opened by pulling down the black handle on the sliding opening, and when the final collection of the day is made it will be locked shut and reopened the next weekday morning (including Saturday if the box has a Saturday collection). This is because, as franked mail is dated by the customer rather than at the sorting office, it must be posted on the same day as the date indicated on the franked impression. By accepting later items which would not be collected till the following day, it would give the false impression that Royal Mail had taken a day longer to deliver the item.
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Date Taken
Monday, 8 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 9 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Public buildings and spaces  Religious sites  Communications 
Primary Subject of Photo
Person (from Tags)
Richard Cobden 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8948 9024 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:24.5320N 2:9.5830W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8948 9023
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Franked Mail Postbox  Parish Church  Statue 

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