SP1955 : Postboxes on Masons Road

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

Postboxes on Masons Road
Postboxes on Masons Road
The nearer one is a standard large E II R pillar box (ref. CV37 85). Across the road is the business box for franked mail only (ref. CV37 33), specifically for the nearby industrial estate.
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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SP1955, 349 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 6 March, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011
Geographical Context
Communications  Roads, Road transport  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Postbox (from Tags)
Business Box  E II R  Pillar Box 
Category
Postbox   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 1912 5542 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:11.8012N 1:43.3012W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 1913 5539
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