Posts Tagged ‘post box’

The letter box

February 17, 2014

Our villages, Easterton and Market Lavington, have several letter boxes and some have been in place since the reign of Queen Victoria. We looked at one of them and some correspondence about it a year ago (click here).

But we are actually looking at a child’s money box this time. It is shaped like a pillar box and that’s something we don’t actually have in the villages. Here it is.

1930s money box in the shape of a pillar box for mail

1930s money box in the shape of a pillar box for mail

The fact that it is a George V box dates it to between 1910 and 1936. We think it is probably from the 1930s. Children are invited to post their pennies and in those days they’d have been the lovely, big old pennies.

The other side of the box has information about the old British coinage.

The back of the box helped to ensure children understood the rather strange old British currency

The back of the box helped to ensure children understood the rather strange old British currency

This lovely little item stands about ten centimetres tall.

It was given to the museum by a resident of White Street in Market Lavington.

 

Post-box terms and conditions

August 1, 2013

In 1933 Mrs Hawes owned Wayside Cottage, on the junction of Drove Lane and Kings Road. It had (and still has) a post box built into the wall.

It would seem that Mrs Hawes wanted to know the conditions attached to having a post-box built into a house. We can imagine – indeed we did imagine – that the Post Office might pay a small rental for the site. Perhaps Mrs Hawes thought this too. We do not have her letter, but we do have the reply sent to her.

It came in an official looking envelope.

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And here is that reply.

1933 letter regarding the post-box at Wayside Cottage, Kings Road, market Lavington

1933 letter regarding the post-box at Wayside Cottage, Kings Road, market Lavington

So there we have it. There’s no rent, but if you want it removed we’ll do it and make good the wall.

The letter box is still in place.

The letter box is still in place.

We are pleased to say that the box is still in place – having now been there for over 100 years. Long may it remain.