Liverpool Queen Victoria Penfold Pillar Box – Abercromby Square and Chatham Street

Most of you know that we like post boxes… our favourites are the rare Edward 8th which we are gradually trying to find around the country and are building a list of locations.  Our other favourites are the Queen Victoria Penfold boxes.

On our visit to Liverpool in July 2013 we found that the Original & Listed Penfold Post Box in on the corner of Chatham Street and Abercromby Square is missing.  This post box was inside the University campus.  This box had not been in use for a while but was still part of our social history and people, such as ourselves travel miles to see a special post box.

Does anyone know the whereabouts of this post box?

How can someone just move something that’s registered as a listed building?  There’s not even a plaque to say it was there.

This was an original Pillar box. Circa 1866. Cast iron. Hexagonal, with cornice, pellet moulding and petal ogival cap with acorn finial.

Photo of the missing post box and information about Penfold boxes.

We contacted Arthur Reeder from the Letter Box Study Group and he confirmed the post box had been moved and that no one seemed to know where it was.  He suggested we try the new Sorting Office and see if anyone there knew of it’s whereabouts.  No one did.

So where is this post box?

The Listed Buildings register shows these details:

Description: Post Office Pillar Box on Corner of Abercromby Square

Grade: II
Date Listed: 14 March 1975
English Heritage Building ID: 213878

OS Grid Reference: SJ3599089928
OS Grid Coordinates: 335990, 389928
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4023, -2.9642

Location: Chatham Street, Liverpool L7 7AZ

This is a link to a photo on flickr of the missing post box

This is the same location with no Penfold post box.


This is a lovely article about the Liverpool Special post boxes from the Liverpool Echo in January 2013

Liverpool is proud of it’s postal heritage so I hope that someone will know where the missing Penfold post box is.

**The featured image for this post is the original Penfold post box on Osborne Avenue in Newcastle**



5 Comments Add yours

  1. Andrew says:

    The box has now been put back but it’s in a slightly different position and it seems to be a modern replica:

    1. humbugshouse says:

      Hi Andrew. Thank you for your comment. I was sent a photo a few weeks ago. It is the original Pillar Box that’s been restored in association with Liverpool Council, the University and English Heritage. They’ve agreed a safer position. I’ve seen a photo and was upset to see it had been sealed up, I’d been advisd it would be in use again but that’s not happened.

      1. Andrew says:

        I’m glad to hear it’s the original! It’s more accessible now than it was in the old position but it’s still behind University barriers, making it difficult for Royal Mail to collect from it. That might be why it’s sealed up (although it is showing the day of the next collection!).

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