Posts Tagged ‘letter box’

New Ross letter box

March 24, 2016

Regular readers of this blog may recall that I am an absolute sucker for post boxes. I prefer rural locations and tend to favour boxes mounted in walls rather than the free standing pillar boxes but sometimes you come across a pillar box that just screams out to be noticed and this is one of them. It is in New Ross, Ireland. This town is on the banks of the River Barrow in County Wexford. It is about twenty miles from Waterford. We were there way back in 1990. And here is the pillar box.

Of course, you need to know a bit of Irish history here. Eire, covering the bulk of the island but not six counties in the north, was granted independence from the United Kingdom (after a bloody struggle) in 1922. It remained a dominion for some time and became a republic in the 1940s.

Infrastructure that predates 1922 was built under British rule and off course, the postal service was the British Royal Mail.

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It is no surprise, really, to find a very British post box in what is now a separate country. This box dates from the era of Queen Victoria and has her monogram on it.

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This box was to the design of J W Penfold and they were first introduced in 1866 – a standard design in three different sizes.

Early post boxes had been green in colour, but this box would, initially, have been in pillar box red with the monogram and other details picked out, possibly in gold.

Ireland, of course, became non royali so all traces of the old regime were painted over in uniform green.

 

It looks good.