The UK’s oldest working post boxes

The oldest working pillar box in UK can be found at Barnes Cross, near Sherborne in Dorset. The octagonal box was manufactured by John M Butt & Company of Gloucester in 1853, just a year after roadside pillar boxes were first introduced. It has a vertical letter aperture which officials originally thought would be prove harder to steal from. Around the country, the oldest working pillar box in Wales is on Picton Road in Neyland near Milford Haven. In Scotland, it is a wall box on the front of the Golspie Inn - formerly Sutherland Arms Hotel dating back to 1861 and in Northern Ireland it is on English Street in Downpatrick.

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