All UK kings and queens since the postbox was introduced in 1852 have had their royal cipher displayed on postboxes installed during their reign. But getting a postbox ready for a new monarch is not always straightforward! Edward VIII boxes were still being installed in early 1937, and then his father George V’s cipher had… Read More


Gosport Heritage Open Days logo

The Letter Box Study Group was recently asked to help in the production of a virtual tour around Gosport looking at the variety of post boxes in the town, as part of Heritage Open Days. https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/take-a-letter-the-post-boxes-of-gosport… Read More


Chelsea Flower Show 3

To coincide with the return of the Chelsea Flower Show after two years due to the Covid pandemic Royal Mail has put together a display at the Hackett store on Sloane Street in London.  It features a letter being posted into a crown-topped postbox, all beautifully made from flowers.  It can be seen here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/61557710.… Read More


Valentine's Post Box

Royal Mail has unveiled a ‘Valentine’s post box’ in the aptly named village of Lover in Wiltshire.  The romantically-designed post box has been adorned with a selection of hearts and will remain decorated until the end of February for lovers to visit and send their post from. The post box in Lover is an example… Read More


Birmingham Heritage Week Postbox Challenge

POST BOXES are taking a leading role in the Birmingham local history event being held this month. Called the Birmingham Heritage Week, it actually runs from 10 to 20 September 2020. The Letter Box Study Group assisted the organisers with its ‘Postbox Challenge’. A few pertinent facts are on the website (link: https://birminghamheritageweek.co.uk/postbox-facts/). Pictures of… Read More


Priority Postbox Labels

THE LETTER BOX STUDY GROUP assisted Royal Mail designating boxes suitable for sending Covid-19 testing kits through the post. Boxes had to conform to certain parameters including, most obviously, the size of the aperture. Alerting the public to the Priority Postboxes, Royal Mail said: “We are a key partner for government’s coronavirus testing programme. We… Read More