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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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    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?

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    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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