NT2673 : Festival Theatre / 13 - 29 Nicolson Street postbox ref EH8 136

taken 6 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Festival Theatre / 13 - 29 Nicolson Street postbox ref EH8 136
Festival Theatre / 13 - 29 Nicolson Street postbox ref EH8 136
A well maintained example of the Penfold style pillar box, still retaining its finial, opposite Surgeons' Hall.
Geograph in Edinburgh 2013
An excursion around the 2013 Geograph conference and AGM in Edinburgh.
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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Date Taken
Saturday, 8 June, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 27 June, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Communications 
Postbox (from Tags)
Pillar Box  VR  Victorian Penfold 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 2603 7323 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.7836N 3:11.1577W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 26045 73248
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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