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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TQ5839 : Victorian Postbox, Tunbridge Wells Station by N Chadwick
SK6733 : Owthorpe Postbox ref. No. NG12 118 by Alan Murray-Rust
J1554 : Victorian lamp box near Dromore by Albert Bridge
TG1002 : Victorian postbox, Barnham Broom Rd by N Chadwick
J3773 : Pillar box, Belfast by Albert Bridge
SX4753 : Victorian Postbox, Hoe Rd by N Chadwick
SK7942 : Kilvington postbox ref NG13 50 by Alan Murray-Rust
SK6232 : Normanton postbox ref NG12 61 by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ5940 : Victorian Postbox, Upper Grosvenor Rd by N Chadwick
TQ8076 : Victorian Postbox, St Mary Hoo by N Chadwick
SS3523 : Victorian wallbox at Buck's Mills by Richard Law
TQ5738 : Victorian Postbox, Former Tunbridge Wells West Station by N Chadwick
D3507 : Postbox, Cairncastle by Rossographer
TQ5839 : Victorian Postbox, Grove Hill Rd by N Chadwick
J4874 : Victorian letter box, Newtownards by Albert Bridge
TL5136 : Out-of-use Post Box by The Carlisle Kid
SX9687 : Victorian post box, junction of Monmouth Hill & The Strand by N Chadwick
TQ5741 : Victorian  Postbox, Holden Park Rd by N Chadwick
TV5299 : Victorian postbox, Westdean by N Chadwick
SK6232 : Normanton postbox ref NG12 62 by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ5846 : Victorian postbox, Tonbridge Station by N Chadwick
SK8096 : Gunthorpe Main Street postbox ref: DN9 232 by Alan Murray-Rust
SK7039 : West End postbox (ref. NG13 98) - Bingham  by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ5741 : Victorian postbox by N Chadwick
TL4657 : Victorian Postbox by N Chadwick

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

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