Victorian Postboxes :: Shared Description

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.
by N Chadwick
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SE5822 : Railway Station | Hensall, Goole postbox (ref. DN14 22) by Alan Murray-Rust
NT3264 : Entrance to Lothianbridge Caravan Park by Alan Murray-Rust
SX4855 : Victorian Postbox, Ford Park Rd by N Chadwick
TR1650 : Victorian postbox, Bursted Manor by N Chadwick
SJ8546 : Victorian postbox in Newcastle-under-Lyme by Jonathan Hutchins
J0858 : Victorian wall box, Lurgan (1) by Albert Bridge
W7966 : VR pillar box - Cobh (Republic of Ireland) by The Carlisle Kid
TQ3181 : Victorian Postbox, Fleet St by N Chadwick
SE6051 : VR Pillar Box by The Carlisle Kid
TR2560 : Victorian postbox, Elmstone by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : Victorian postbox (replica), The Pantiles by N Chadwick
TQ1328 : Victorian Postbox, Itchingfield by N Chadwick
SX4855 : Victorian Postbox by N Chadwick
TF9913 : Victorian postbox by Tiger
TR3241 : VR Pillar Box - Dover Castle by The Carlisle Kid
TQ6644 : Victorian Postbox, Maidstone Rd by N Chadwick
J4078 : Victorian wall box, Holywood by Albert Bridge
SK8054 : Northgate Station postbox (ref. NG24 6)  by Alan Murray-Rust
SP7173 : Cottesbrooke postbox ref: NN6 96 by Alan Murray-Rust
J3472 : Victorian pillar box, Belfast (2) by Albert Bridge
TQ5839 : Victorian Postbox, Calverley Park by N Chadwick
J4874 : Letter box, Newtownards (1) by Albert Bridge
TL0549 : Victorian Postbox, High St by N Chadwick
O1334 : Postboxes, Dublin by Rossographer
SJ4903 : Victorian wallbox at Little Ryton by Richard Law

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Created: Wed, 28 Mar 2012, Updated: Thu, 12 Apr 2012

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