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These pictures show England's oldest postbox - in a village in Dorset - before and after it was given a clean and a re-touch. The iconic pillar box was given a sprucing up, after suggestions from a local councillor.
The oldest post box in England is now in "mint condition" after Royal Mail gave it a complete make over. The pillar-box at Barnes Cross in Holwell in Dorset dates back to Victorian times and was made by John M. Butt & Co from Gloucester.
The unusual octagonal design with vertical slot was commissioned by Anthony Trollope, Surveyor of the Western Division of the Post Office in 1853. District Councillor Chris Loder asked Royal Mail to give it attention after the village he saw it was getting into a poor state of repair.