Paint it red.

Paint it red.

Good to see some skilled local operatives from Royal Mail have been splashing some new Pillar Box Red paint on those familiar Bath-based examples of street furniture which have become such British cultural icons.

The first of these receptacles for collecting mail  – in the UK – was installed at Botchergate in Carlisle in 1853.

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One of the Penfold Hexagonals in Great Pulteney Street.

Bath proudly displays two examples – in Great Pulteney Street – of  original Victorian pillars known as Penfold Hexagonals – after its designer.

The pattern was discontinued because letters got stuck in the corners! They’re also a reminder that the world’s first stamped letter was posted in Bath in 1840. We’ve got a Postal Museum here too – www.postalmuseum.org/

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Looking sad and neglected – after years of stalwart duty.

But back to the spruce up. I often wander past a pillar box at the city end of the London Road. It sits on the pavement – often surrounded by the wares of the antique shops it faces.

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Now the stamp dispenser has been removed.

A year or so ago. I took a picture of this George V box  – which must have been installed at some point in the King’s reign – which ended in 1936. Attached to it was a redundant stamp box.

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The pillar box is glowing – dressed in a new coat of Pillar Box Red.

Shame it is such a state said l. Next thing l notice is the stamp box has been removed – and that is how things have stayed until last night – passing around 10 pm on my way back home – l was met with what seemed to be a glowing apparition.

Even in the darkness – with the help of the street lights – l could see the box has been dressed in a glistening coat of new Pillar Box Red.

Hooray for Royal Mail.