The Letter Box on Epsom High Street is conveniently located at the junction of High Street, West Street and South Street, outside the Assembly Rooms on 147-153 High Street, Epsom.
History of the British pillar letter boxes date back to 1852-1853, the first box in the British Isles was erected in Jersey in 1851. The following year, the first mainland box was erected in Botchergate, Carlisle in 1853 and another one in Bishop’s Caundle, Dorset the same year, which currently is the oldest pillar letter box still in use in Britain.
By the year 1856, the Department of Science and Art had designed a pillar box. So, it is to be used in London and other large cities in Britain. By 1859, the first National Standard pillar letter box was designed, with some improvements to the original design, such as moving the aperture from the top to below the ring. So, the only exception to the National Standard design was the Liverpool Special of 1863 which featured a Royal Crown at the top.
Subsequently, during the Victorian period, Green was adopted as the standard colour for the pillar letter boxes around the country. So, between the years 1866 and 1879 all pillar boxes adopted the hexagonal pent design, becoming the new standard.
Especially, the first boxes to be painted red were in London and in July 1874, red became the new standard. However, it took 10 years for all boxes throughout Britain to be painted red.
It was around the year 1879 that the cylindrical design which many of the boxes around the country use, also the Royal Cypher was introduced. Located at the bottom of the box the cypher identifies under which reigning monarch the box entered service, a few exceptions to this rule are earlier boxes which do not have a Royal Cypher, these are known as Anonymous Boxes.
In addition, the letter box on Epsom high street entered service under King Edward II. Also it has collection times Monday to Friday at 5:00 PM with a Saturday collection at 12:15 PM.
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