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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Saturday, 10 August 2013

Victorian pillar box

I spotted this pillar box on Eton High Street.





This pillar box dates back to the days of Queen Victoria and is very rare. It is made from cast iron probably around 1860. All our pillar boxes have the Monarch's initials on them so the majority you see will have EIIR embossed on the side but this one has VR. It is still used as a pillar box.

 

9 comments:

  1. It's very cool! Thanks for showing it to me. I am learning every day from your blog! :-)

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  2. It is so neat to see mail boxes from different countries.

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  3. Wow that is rare. I think I can recall seeing a couple of GR boxes but never a VR!

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  4. So pleased to see it has survived - what a wonderful piece of history.

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  5. I have never seen such a box ! How interesting ! I had a very nice time in London, especially thanks to my sense of directions ! I indeed saw a lot taking the wrong buses, lol (http://gattinawritercramps.blogspot.be/2013/08/london-my-way.html)

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  6. I am very impressed. I recall reading a book where the crime was solved because a postal van had GR on the side rather than ER.

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  7. I saw a British period hydrant shot in Nainital, India, in another blog. The pillar box looks lovely in bright red.

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  8. Hi There, I'm back after a big birthday week. Trying to catch up a little on my blogging.

    Wow---I've read about Pillar Boxes --but have never seen one... They are so pretty compared to our mailboxes here in the USA....

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  9. Aren't they marvellous?! Don't know what it is about these structures, but for me they are an indelible link with the country of my birth, and as another wave of nostalgia overtakes me, I look forward to planning another visit there in the not-too-distant future! Thanks for sharing (and stopping by my blog). Wishing you an adventurous week.

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