W6872 : Early Victorian post box in Kent Station, Cork

taken 11 years ago, near to Cork, Co Cork, Ireland

Early Victorian post box in Kent Station, Cork
Early Victorian post box in Kent Station, Cork
This isn't just an early post box - this is the longest serving postbox in Ireland. It was designed before the royal cypher was introduced to boxes, thus putting it in the very rare category of anonymous postbox - but it's most certainly a Victorian pillar box! This may well have been its original colour as very early post boxes were green, but like all British postboxes, this would have been painted red by 1921; like all postboxes in the Republic of Ireland its livery was changed to green after independence from Britain.

The box was designed by Richard Redgrave, from Dept of Science and Art of London; however, the designer made one massive oversight in the design of this particular style of pillarbox - the slot points upwards, thus allowing rainwater into the box!

One of three of this design originally placed around Cork, this one is now thankfully indoors, on the ticket concourse of Kent Train Station.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 15 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 15 September, 2012
Geographical Context
Railways  Communications 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! W 685 722 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:54.1023N 8:27.4936W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! W 685 722
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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