SY9590 : Holton Heath: postbox №s BH16 290 and BH16 512, Holton Road

taken 10 years ago, near to Organford, Dorset, Great Britain

Holton Heath: postbox №s BH16 290 and BH16 512, Holton Road
Holton Heath: postbox №s BH16 290 and BH16 512, Holton Road
These two boxes serve this large-ish trading park, the one on the left (number 512) for franked mail and the right-hand one for stamped mail.

The franked mail box is emptied later than the other on weekdays 6:30pm as opposed to 5:30 but the stamped mail box receives the later collection on Saturdays 12:45pm compared with 12:30.
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, 17 January, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 19 January, 2009
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Postbox   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 950 907 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:42.9760N 2:4.2972W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SY 950 907
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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