England's oldest postbox has 1st Class makeover

The oldest post box in England has been given a new lease of life. The pillar-box at Barnes Cross in Dorset dates back to the Victorian era.

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Post box is "pillar" of the community after refurb

Credit: West Dorset District Council

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.

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