Friday, 2 September 2016

First September Ride And A Post Box

Yesterday being the first of September I figured I should tick off my first ride of the new month......
Since we have been at this location I have sorted out a good cycling circuit of approx fifty miles along some lovely quiet and almost traffic free roads and lanes so it has been good for my regular rides....

Some weeks ago Peter Roberts of  thediaryofmybike.blogspot.com  commented on this blog and mentioned unusual post boxes and on this latest cycling route of mine I kept on passing an unusual shaped postbox close to the entrance to Berkeley Castle which is situated a couple of miles from our current campsite.....

Because we will be moving on again in a couple of days... yesterdays ride will be my last in this area so I stopped and took a picture of said post box....

So Peter.... this one's for you....
Note that my Fulcrum Racing Zero Spokes Almost Match The Post Box :-)


5 comments:

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

Hooray - a beautiful post box!
Happy to note that you have found some quiet backroads, Trevor.
Tailwinds!
Peace :)

Steve A said...

I'd guess that's a "Queen Vicki" Penfold box circa 1855, as shown at https://humbugshouse.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/queen-victoria-hexagonal-penfold-pillar-boxes/ Rarer are those that were later painted green by the Irish.

Trevor Woodford said...

*Chandra@GreenComotion*
Thanks Chandra....Enjoy the rest of your weekend......

*Steve A*
It certainly is a Penfold Steve.
As I understand it these were introduced between 1866 to 1879 (according to post office/royal mail information). The early ones were also painted green and it was during those dates that there was a change from green to red. It took approx ten years to repaint all the postboxes on the mainland......

Peter Roberts said...

A Penfold !!! Excellent ! There is a group , The Letter Box Study Group , ( http://www.lbsg.org/ )which looks at all the letter boxes in UK and aims to catalogue them. Indeed I have now joined them and it is a fascinating, but niche, pastime. On the bottom left of the collection plate there will be a letterbox number, which consists of the first part of the Post Code then a serial number.
The manufacturer of the box is normally engraved on the black bottom of the box.

Excellent find Trevor! Your next task is to find a Fluted Box :-)

Trevor Woodford said...

Interesting stuff Peter.....
As for the Fluted Postbox..I will see what I can do..­čĹŹ