Sunday, 1 June 2014
Is This The Oldest Postbox In Town ?
Not had the time or inclination to check the emails of late, that sounds terrible but it's more to do with not being up to it than can't be bothered.
Anyway... there has been a few good ones come in, and this one from Philip Ward get my interest.
Over to Phil:
"I have been enjoying your Hydonian blog for several years. At last I thought I would send an entry to see if it gets posted.
I have attached two photos of a post box, which I have walked past many times over the years. But just not any old post box, perhaps.
On every post box in the UK, the Royal Cipher can be seen relating the reigning monarch at the time of the installation. It is made up of the Christian (first) name of the King or Queen together with the letter R which stands for Regina (Queen) or Rex (King).
This particular post box is located at the junction of Clarendon Road and Commercial Brow. The royal cipher on the front of the post box is “GR” (George Rex) – which would relate to King George the Sixth. Therefore this post box would have been installed during his reign of 1936 to 1952 – probably towards the latter part of his reign maybe? So the post box is at least 62 years old. I cannot recall seeing any other post boxes with such a crest anywhere else. All other post boxes seem to carry the royal cipher “EiiR” (Elizabeth Regina) for Queen Elizabeth the Second (1952 - present day).
I would guess this is probably the oldest post box in Hyde - if not Tameside!"