There’s quite a lot to say about this old Penfold Post Box (as it’s now officially known). When it was first installed in Carshalton Beeches over 150 years ago, around 1866, it would have been painted green and gold. About 10 – 15 years later it became red.

 

It’s a much loved but short-lived design created by John Wornham Penfold, who lived in Haselmere in Surrey (the same county of course, that this box was once in).

 

Penfold Green Box

 

There’s a replica of this design in London that was created to commemorate 500 years of the post office in 2016, and it was Penfold’s hexagonal Victorian design that was chosen, to be unveiled by Prince Charles.

 

Penfold Green Box

 

*Bonus fun fact* The spectacled hamster in the cartoon Danger Mouse, who lives inside a post box, is named Penfold. This is to honour the creator of this design classic still in use today at Beeches Avenue.

Danger Mouse

 

Finally, a big nod to the post office for recently painting all the post boxes in the area (including this one). It seems so rare nowadays for large organisations to have any civic pride. A big thanks!

 

Additional images CBBC  and Ian Mansfield

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Pillar Box Red
Pillar Box Red
10 months ago

I have some nice photos of both the Carshaton Penfold and City green Penfold on my instagram account if anyone is interested @pillar_box_red

Geri
Geri
10 months ago

Thank you for sharing this information. It was incredibly interesting.