SY1590 : Victorian postbox at Harcombe

taken 8 months ago, near to Harcombe, Devon, Great Britain

Victorian postbox at Harcombe
Victorian postbox at Harcombe
Wallbox EX10 88, installed in a cottage wall just east of the bridge over the brook. The box looks very similar to a type made by W T Allen of London in the 1890s, but they normally cast their name at the base, which makes me think this may not actually be one of theirs.
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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Date Taken
Thursday, 20 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Friday, 11 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Communications 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 15456 90468 [1m precision]
WGS84: 50:42.4607N 3:11.9214W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SY 15456 90468
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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