Here is a small offering of post boxes I spotted during a recent week’s holiday in
The oldest was in the tiny hamlet of West Dean, in East Sussex not West, a charming collection of ancient houses nestled in a secluded
South Downs valley behind Cuckmere Haven, a location more
easily reached on foot than by car, a place that time seems to have forgotten.
Amongst its many old treasures – there were also a medieval dovecote and a gorgeous
terracotta bird on a rooftop – was this lovely old wall box, set in a superbly crafted
flint stone wall. Victoria
To get a photograph of the George V wall box at Birling Gap (below left), I had to brave a howling gale and light, driving rain – that’s post-box dedication for you! If you don’t know Birling Gap, it’s at the eastern end of the mighty Seven Sisters chalk cliffs on
coast. My photo, above, of this impressive landscape was taken in the same
howling gale. England
On the right, above, is another George V wall box, this one discovered in the small
This box is slightly unusual as it is a village of Brightling Ludlow
wall box, one of the wooden – rather than cast iron – boxes made by James
Ludlow & Son in .
The large black-and-white enamel name plate is the giveaway and this box is
even more unusual as it doesn’t have the plate that lists location, post box
number and mail collection times – there were holes where the plate was originally attached but, as you can see, it looks like someone’s since stuck a couple of stickers on the front instead. Birmingham
Brightling was interesting for another reason too ... more on that in my next blog post.