SD7109 : Silverwell Street | Silverwell St / Bradshawgate postbox (ref. BL1 2020 and 202)

taken 7 years ago, near to Bolton, Great Britain

Silverwell Street | Silverwell St / Bradshawgate postbox (ref. BL1 2020 and 202)
Silverwell Street | Silverwell St / Bradshawgate postbox (ref. BL1 2020 and 202)
Together with a KXPlus telephone kiosk and Silverwell Street Business Box (ref. BL1 2021). The main pillar box is the later EIIR version with Royal Mail rather than Post Office lettering.
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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Photographer
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 25 July, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 14 August, 2012
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Communications 
Postbox (from Tags)
E II R  Pillar Box  Business Box 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7187 0913 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:34.6803N 2:25.5790W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 71868 09126
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Postbox  Telephone Kiosk KXPlus 

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