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The humble yet mighty Post Box

07/17/2015

An announcement from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport a few days ago re-committed Historic England and Royal Mail to manage and conserve the network of post boxes in their existing locations across the UK, (whatever that might mean). The announcement did however also contain some good statistics about the post box, including that there around 115,300 pillar, wall and lamp boxes nationwide and there is a post box within half a mile of over 98% of the UK population. Whether or not it is regularly emptied is another matter.

More than half of all British boxes carry Elizabeth II’s ‘EIIR’ stamp and Scottish crown, but around 15% date from the reign of George V and a number survive from the reigns of George VI, Edward VII and Victoria. There are thought to be 168 dating from Edward VIII’s short reign in 1936. The Letter Box Study Group (how wonderful that they exist) has identified around 800 different types of post box, all adapted for different environments.

Lots more information here:

http://heritagecalling.com/2015/07/15/a-brief-introduction-to-the-post-box/

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