Pillar Boxes







Photo Gallery

I am looking to build a photo gallery of pillar boxes in the UK and from around the world If you have any photographs of any posting boxes and would like to add them to this web site feel free to send them to me and any information regarding the location of the posting boxes, would be appreciated With your contributions we could build a very comprehensive collection of photographs of pillar boxes on here.

We have created this part of the web site to posting boxes, here are some key Post Box facts...


In 1840 Rowland Hill suggested the idea of roadside letter boxes for Britain. posting boxes  were already being used in other  countries , France, Belgium and Germany.

The first roadside letter boxes in the British Isles was in 1852/53, when the first pillar boxes were erected at St Hellier in Jersey at the recommendation of Anthony Trollope, the novelist who was working as a Surveyor's Clerk for the Post Office.

The first mainland box was erected in Botchergate, Carlisle in 1853.

London first had it roadside boxes in 1855 which were square ones

The standard colour was Green for the early Victorian  Post Boxes so as not to appear too obtrusive in the landscape and later  it was change to Red, The first boxes to be painted red were in London in July 1874

There have been many designs of posting boxes over the years

Hexagonal Penfold Between 1866 and 1879 was the standard post box

In 1879 came the cylindrical design of pillar box

The cylindrical boxes came in two sizes, 'A' (larger) and 'B' (smaller).

"Annonymous" box (1879) these were known because the royal cipher, crown and the words 'Post Office' had been accidentally omitted. The oversight was not corrected until 1887

The oval type 'C' boxes with separate apertures for town and country first appeared in London in 1899

In 1924 oval signs showing the direction to the nearest post office were used on top of pillar boxes for the first time

Pillar boxes for airmail letters were introduced in London in 1930 Originally these were simply a type 'B' box painted blue

Other types include Royal Mail (Type C) Pillar Box, In 1968 with rectangular boxes (Type F), Type K Pillar Box 1979 introduced, Type M Letter Box, Lamp boxes, Glass-fibre pillar box of the type used in many UK supermarkets.

The has been 6  ciphers used through the history of a British letter boxes it changes whenever a new sovereign accedes to the throne:

Queen Victoria   -      1901

King Edward VII        1901 1910

King George V          1910 1936

King Edward VIII     1936

(King for less than one year and only 161 posting boxes were manufactured with his cypher)

King George VI        1936 1952

Queen Elizabeth II    1952 to present day

There are around 120,00 pillar boxes ,wall boxes and other post boxes in the uk

The average weight of a modern pillar box weighs a tonne,  the dual models are nearer one tonne

The foundations for a posting box could measure up to 1 metre deep

In 2012 The Royal Mail committed to creating stamps and painting post boxes for Team GB athletes winning Gold in the Olympic and Paralympics games.

This web site is not designed as a source of comprehensive information on Posting Boxes, it has been put together with the aim of giving others enjoyment to seeing pillar boxes around the UK and the rest of the world

Permission must be gained for any use of any of the photographs on this web site

We would also like to thank Tony Cotterell for giving us permission to add his personal collection of  photographs of  posting boxes to this web site