TQ3381 : Royal mail business box on Bishopsgate, London E10

taken 7 months ago, near to Shoreditch, Islington, Great Britain

Royal mail business box on Bishopsgate, London E10
Royal mail business box on Bishopsgate, London E10
Postbox No. EC2M 222.

See TQ3381 : RBS Bank building on Bishopsgate, London E10 for context.
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
Saturday, 5 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 9 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  Communications 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 333 817 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.1187N 0:4.7810W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 333 817
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