Britain’s iconic red post boxes preserved

post box, design, heritage
Red post box in the village of Stanton in the Peak, Derbyshire Credit: ©VisitBritain / Daniel Bosworth

The future’s bright for this great of British design as Royal Mail and English Heritage commit to their maintenance.

post box, design, heritage
Red post box in the village of Stanton in the Peak, Derbyshire Credit: ©VisitBritain / Daniel Bosworth

The red post box is one of the most recognisable designs in the world and an enduring emblem of Britain and its heritage.

With the onset of the digital age, a new commitment is being made to ensure the future of these much-loved icons.

The Royal Mail has teamed up with government agency Historic England to preserve the “heritage and character” of the country’s post boxes.

There are around 85,000 post pillar, wall and lamp boxes across England, and around 115,300 across the UK as a whole.

Many of these post boxes are quirky and unique, with some of them listed as protected heritage for their historic importance and unusual features.

Sue Whalley, Royal Mail’s chief operating officer, said: “Some post boxes are rarer than others and some have a very special place in our heritage. They are also an icon of the UK’s postal system around the world. We are proud of our much-loved post boxes and go to great lengths to maintain and repair them.”

She said the policy would help ensure the preservation of all post boxes for future generations. Under the new policy, Royal Mail has pledged to manage, repair and conserve its network of post boxes in their existing locations and has set out how the organisation works to prevent illegal damage or theft of the boxes.

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said: “We are happy to have signed this agreement with Royal Mail which seeks innovative ways to respond to crime prevention and ensures the care and retention of our world-famous heritage.”

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