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    Post your Liverpool postboxes here. Sounds a bit trainspotterish, but I'm fascinated with them. You can guess

    their age by the ubiquitous "ER" and "GR" insignias on the front of them.

    My first pic is the oldest postbox in Liverpool. It used to be located on

    Sheil Rd, but can now be found in the grounds of the Royal Mail building near Limey. The second one is a Victorian postbox in Wood

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    Don't know if it's still there but

    there was a Victorian one in Arundel Avenue, near Sydenham Avenue.

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    Cheers Phil. I'll

    have a look when I'm back up there next week.

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    The country's only octagonal post box was at the corner of Mill St and Northumberland St. It was there until the 1970s and taken away as it

    was so unique. I saw a photo of it on the net somewhere.
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    I've got one and I

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    LowerBreck rd, post

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    There's an old one on the Liverpool University campus, opposite the Sydney Jones library in Chatham Street. I've heard it's the oldest in Liverpool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    The country's only octagonal post box was at the corner of Mill St and Northumberland St. It was there until the 1970s and taken away as it was so unique. I saw a photo of it on the net somewhere.
    First, good work, Dave, once more!

    There are other multisided Victorian postboxes around elsewhere. Do they have eight sides as well?

    http://www.headington.org.uk/oxon/st...rian/index.htm - in Oxford

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dere-st...randmailboxes/ - in Sheffield.

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    I've heard 3 or 4 different places where the oldest postbox is meant to be.
    Scouserdave says Sheil rd. Ayjaykay says Chatham.

    I was always told that the oldest was originally sited in Everton, can't remember which rd - somewhere like Everton Brow or Netherfield.
    Anyway, somewhere near by.

    Can anyone clear this up ?

    Will the real oldest postbox please stand up !!

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    It depends on whether you mean the oldest one still in its original position or not.
    Besides, they don't have dates on them so it would be hard to tell.

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    I'm convinced (but not looked in ages) that there is still one in the wall on Woolton Road, Childwall. This was the boundary wall to Childwall C of E School (my primary school) and it was positioned in the wall. Now it's someone's back garden so it wouldn't take much to get a blow torch and cut the back open

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    I've seen an old one at the Albert Dock, near the wacker qwackers.

    The text on scouserdave's pillar-box is:

    LIVERPOOL "SPECIAL" PILLAR BOX

    THIS IS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL LIVERPOOL "SPECIAL"
    POSTING BOXES - CAST IN 1863 BY MESSRS
    COCHRANE AND COMPANY OF DUDLEY. THE UNIQUE
    DESIGN WAS AUTHORISED AND INTRODUCED TO
    MEET HEAVY AND SPECIAL POSTING REQUIREMENTS
    FOUND IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THIS CITY. IT DIFFERED
    FROM THE STANDARD BY THE INCLUSION OF THE
    LETTERING "POST OFFICE" BELOW THE POSTING
    APERTURE AND A LARGE CROWN ON THE ROOF.
    A MAIL BAG COULD ALSO BE HUNG INSIDE.

    AFTER 115 YEARS OF CONTINUOUS USE IN THE
    EVERTON DISTRICT, THIS POSTING BOX WAS WITHDRAWN
    FROM SERVICE IN SEPTEMBER 1978 AND PRESERVED AS A
    FINE EXAMPLE OF EARLY VICTORIAN STREET FURNITURE.
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    That was the Everton one I mentioned then.

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    The one I mentioned in Chatham Street was listed in 1975, along with the one in Sheil Road.

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    Found the Albert Dock one on the 'net
    http://travel.webshots.com/photo/121...36428315HNXREm

    Also from the same person, a strange Birkenhead one with Vertical letter slot
    http://travel.webshots.com/photo/121...36428315PuOTHt

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    Quote Originally Posted by marky View Post
    Found the Albert Dock one on the 'net
    http://travel.webshots.com/photo/121...36428315HNXREm

    Also from the same person, a strange Birkenhead one with Vertical letter slot
    http://travel.webshots.com/photo/121...36428315PuOTHt

    The Birkenhead one looks oddly obscene!!!
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    love the design on the birkenhead one!

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    don't think I like it .. it doesn't look right.

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    Hi Dave

    A link sent to me by my friend Lyn, orginally from Portsmouth, who now, like me, lives in the United States--

    History of British Letter Boxes

    Thanks, Lyn!

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    There's a photo of the Chatham Street / Abercromby Square one here:

    http://www.dmeredith.com/pages/lpbx.htm

    It's a Victorian one.
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    Here's the info plate from the Albert Dock (bit blurry though)
    It doesn't say where this crown-topped box was previously sited.
    This pillar-box is still in use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marky View Post
    Here's the info plate from the Albert Dock (bit blurry though)
    It doesn't say where this crown-topped box was previously sited.
    This pillar-box is still in use.
    They made a bit of a mess of the paint job didn't they?

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    A rare 'VR' postal-box, Sandhills Lane.
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    Love that Birkenhead one. Where is it? Ive never seen a post box designed like a doric column before. Wondering if it is in Oxton as there are quite a few neo greek houses around there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayjaykay View Post
    There's a photo of the Chatham Street / Abercromby Square one here:

    http://www.dmeredith.com/pages/lpbx.htm

    It's a Victorian one.
    Sorry to see the graffiti on this one! Bloody kids! Nice photos everyone!

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    This QE2 wall post-box is at the Southern end of Allerton rd. Not in use, but probably left in place as it is built into the sandstone wall. It's the only black QE2 post-box I've found (it's obviously been painted red underneath).
    Now for the ultimate challenge...who knows the location of any BLUE postal-boxes. I've only ever seen 2. One was around West Derby (unsure of exact location in the mid-90's). The other was outside the old post office in Tarbock (early 1980's). At the time I thought it was blue because I was in another Council area, but a quick Google search states that they were used for Airmail for a brief period in the 1930's only.
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    There was a piece today on BBC TV North West about a group who photograph post-boxes (they interviewed a member from Formby) A quick Google search revealed The Letter Box Study Group. He stated that they try to log the locations of all pillar-boxes. This site has several variations that I've never seen before.
    http://www.lbsg.org/

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    There's a part local letterbox site here

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    I really want to go back to Hale, but the weathers been poor for pictures and my bike has got another puncture!

    Nice pic though.
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