SK7740 : Orston postbox ref NG13 326

taken 5 years ago, near to Orston, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Orston postbox ref NG13 326
Orston postbox ref NG13 326
Very few small villages can boast a pillar box, let alone a fine Victorian one like this. The regional painter had clearly been around in the area quite recently.
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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SK7740, 29 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 6 April, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 11 April, 2014
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Communications 
Postbox (from Tags)
VR  Pillar Box 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7709 4093 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:57.6125N 0:51.2286W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7709 4093
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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Drop Box (Royal Mail) 

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