J3773 : Pillar box, Belfast

taken 11 years ago, near to Sydenham, Ballyhackamore, Ormeau, Ballymacarret and Knock, Northern Ireland

Pillar box, Belfast
Pillar box, Belfast
This VR pillar box (last seen some 2½ years ago J3773 : Victorian Postbox, North Road, Belfast) is still in place, at the Upper Newtownards Road end of the North Road.
Postboxes, Belfast BT1-15

A series of photographs showing some of the postboxes within postcodes BT1-15. Link shows the postboxes in the rest of Northern Ireland.

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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Friday, 18 February, 2011   (more nearby)
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Friday, 18 February, 2011
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Postbox   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 373 739 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.7230N 5:52.5143W
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Irish: geotagged! J 373 739
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