SP2054 : Postbox and phone box

taken 8 years ago, near to Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, Great Britain

Postbox and phone box
Postbox and phone box
The postbox is a nice Victorian pillar box, ref. CV37 27. I was puzzled at the time as to why it had been sealed up, but afterwards it transpired that the Queen had opened the new theatre extensions just two days previously, so this was clearly a security measure to prevent unwanted mailings! The K6 telephone kiosk is Listed Grade II.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

…read more at wikipedia LinkExternal link
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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Photographer
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Date Taken
Sunday, 6 March, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011
Geographical Context
Communications  City, Town centre 
Postbox (from Tags)
VR  Pillar Box 
Category
Postbox   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2029 5472 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:11.4211N 1:42.2766W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2028 5473
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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K6 Telephone Kiosk  Grade II Listed 

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