A-Z Challenge: V is for Victorian Pillar Box


V is for Victorian Pillar Box…

Most of the oldest traditional red pillar-shaped post boxes I’ve found around Leytonstone are clearly marked from the reign of George V (1910-1936), but I finally found a Victorian one still in use! As Queen Victoria died in 1901, this lovely old pillar box has to be well over a hundred years old, and from the more ‘modern’ design probably dates from 1887 onwards. Each reigning monarch has used a different cipher, and Victoria’s is a delicate ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina) intertwined.

Post Script…

Ironically, since looking into the history of our red post boxes here in the UK as part of my quest, I’ve discovered that just before the Victorian pillar boxes with the swirly VR cipher, there were a large number of unmarked boxes cast (between 1879-1887) with no royal cipher  – so-called ‘anonymous’ boxes – and so it seems that the unmarked post box closest to our flat is potentially even older than the one above… 🙂

This year for my Blogging from A-Z Challenge I’ve decided to keep it super-simple, and stick close to home with a straightforward agenda. I tend to post lots of local London images anyway, so my aim is to post at least one new (as in taken recently, and not posted before) photograph each day, taking us on a whistle-stop A-Z tour of Local Leytonstone Life; simple snapshot images of ordinary everyday things around me that capture my attention, yet don’t take me out of my daily routine too much…


4 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge: V is for Victorian Pillar Box

  1. Liam April 26, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Wow. I love a when a little bit of history like that is still in every day use.

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    • Liam April 26, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      Around Boston, one can still find manhole covers with the Edison Electric Illuminating Company logo on them even though that company ceased to exist in 1901.

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      • Ruth April 26, 2017 / 9:48 pm

        I love all these little bits of history that survive still in use 🙂

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