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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.
by N Chadwick

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


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TQ2080 : The Vale | Mansell Road postbox (ref. W3 21) by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ3088 : Victorian pillar box by Tiger
TM2532 : Victorian postbox, Harwich Station by N Chadwick
SJ6903 : Museum of the Post Office in the Community - May 2018 (3) by The Carlisle Kid
TQ5839 : Victorian Postbox, Calverley Park by N Chadwick
TQ2373 : Victorian postbox, Telegraph Rd by N Chadwick
TQ2678 : Stone VR Post Box by The Carlisle Kid
TQ5846 : Victorian postbox, Tonbridge Station by N Chadwick
SX4555 : Victorian Postbox, Stopford Place by N Chadwick
SD7186 : Victorian postbox (disused), Howgill Bridge by N Chadwick
TQ5856 : Victorian postbox, Spring Lane by N Chadwick
J3472 : Victorian pillar box, Belfast (3) by Albert Bridge
SK8369 : Manor Farm, Spalford  by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ5236 : Victorian Postbox, Corseley Rd by N Chadwick
NY4055 : Replica Penfold VR post box - Carlisle by The Carlisle Kid
NZ1800 : Two Queens by Tiger
TL0550 : Victorian Postbox, De Parys Avenue by N Chadwick
J3375 : Victorian pillar box, Belfast by Albert Bridge
TQ5952 : A Victorian postbox off Upper Green Rd, Shipbourne by N Chadwick
SU8586 : Victorian Postbox by N Chadwick
TL0549 : Victorian Postbox: St. Mary's Street, Bedford by PAUL FARMER
TQ3876 : Victorian postbox, Lewisham Rd by N Chadwick
TQ5839 : Victorian Postbox, Tunbridge Wells by N Chadwick
J1561 : VR letter box, Moira station by Albert Bridge
NT1877 : Cramond Inn Post box and telephone box by Alan Murray-Rust

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