Edward 8th Post Boxes
*Latest update 5 October 2014 – 92 EVIII post boxes found from our list*
Post boxes are all around us but how many of us notice them? We mainly see a familiar red and black post box. They’re actually part of our social history, and they’re not all the same. They all bear a Royal Cypher depending on who was the King or Queen of Great Britain when it was put in place.
We’re trying find Edward VIII post boxes. These are quite rare and also unusual in the fact that Edward VIII never had a Coronation due to his abdication and was King for less than a year .
The ones we’ve found so far…
Our list has 124 Edward VIII post boxes on it… from this we’ve proved that 5 are no longer in place and that 92 still exist and are in use.
We’ve now been told some of these might actually be EVIII post boxes with different doors on so watch this space for more information as we find it!
The list goes on… so keep an eye out for our updates!
Help so far received from Vix Wallis (Newcastle), Rozy Stratton (Lincolnshire) and Paul Feakes (London) and Iain Goldfinch.
A huge thank you to Arthur Reeder at the Isle of Wight Postal Museum for sharing his wonderful collection with us as well as lots of information on all post boxes.
Blackhills – gated road with no access. At the far end of the gated road at the opposite end there is a GVI post box.
Laisterdyke Post Office, Bradford
Moorway and Bradford Road, Guiseley
Stanningley Road, Pudsey
Swinnow Post Office, Pudsey (We have been told this post box was removed to be placed in a Post Box Museum but then was placed at Coldcoates Avenue in Leeds as there wasn’t another spare one).
Bescott Ex Post Office, Walsall
Luton – now an E2R post box
Calverley Post Office, LS28
Pateley Bridge Post Office, North Yorkshire
October 2013 – I am now a proud member of the Letter Box Study Group so when I have time I’ll be cross referencing our EVIII post box list with theirs and I bet we’ll have a few more to add to our quest!! http://www.lbsg.org
October 2014 – We’ve now found 100 of the EVIII post boxes on the LBSG list. They have 169 on their list, 17 of which are in private collections. We recently visited two sites where one had an E2R post box and one was a gated road that we couldn’t get access to so don’t know if that is still in situ or not.
So do you have an unusual hobby that gets you travelling around the country? It’s amazing how such a small idea can make such a huge difference to your life!
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