Pillars of Society

The first four pillar boxes in Britain were installed on this day in 1852.  They were erected in Jersey to solve the problem of collecting mail on the Channel Islands.  The idea came from the novelist and post office work Anthony Trollope who had seen a ‘letter-receiving pillar’ in Paris.

A red fluted pillar box with Queen Victoria's initials and a crown in gold paint.

A fabulous Victorian pillar box in Warwick.

Pillar boxes, with their royal monograms, are a Mrs History favourite when looking at the local history of an area.  Contact us to find out how Mrs History can provide local history sessions for your school.

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