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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

ABC Wednesday: VR

Today's post for ABC Wednesday is V for "V R". These letters can be seen on this old post box outside the Old Ball Inn in Ashton.

The letters V R, each side of a crown, stand for "Victoria Regina" and indicate that this post box was placed here during the reign of Queen Victoria, one of just two such boxes that survive in Ashton.

The photo below shows the Old Ball in, at the junction of Broadoak Road, Smallshaw Lane and Henrietta Street, with the post box on the wall.

I should just point out, for the benefit of overseas visitors, that this is not the kind of mailbox where mail addressed to the inn is left, but a public posting box, where people post their letters and someone in a Royal Mail van comes along each day and collects the mail, to be taken to the sorting office for onward delivery.

The white plate on the box shows that the last collection from the box is 5.00 pm on Monday to Friday and 11.00 am on Saturday.

The Old Ball Inn was opened in 1835, two years before Victoria became queen, so the post box was clearly a later addition. The system of a universal flat-rate postage price for delivery anywhere within the UK was introduced in 1840, so it is possible that the post box was installed at about that time.

See Google Street View of this location.

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"V R" is a contribution to ABC Wednesday. For more "V" posts from around the world please follow this link.


  1. Good shots and I like the way the old mail box looks. Interesting historical information. Carver ABC-Wed. Team

  2. ah, another 60+ year reign!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. oh wow! Sharp eyes and great info!

  4. We used the one on Dean Street at Holy Trinity!

    Gone now, Bricked up as you can see!

  5. Very interesting. I think your architecture is so beautiful!

  6. My great grandfather, Samson Harding, was landlord of the 'Old Ball' in the early 1900s. I imagine he'd have used this postbox. Thanks for family history connection.

  7. At a first look, I thought it was a door but realized it's mailbox hehehe.

    Eye View
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

  8. Fascinating post and Meg's comment added to the feeling of having shared in a little piece of history. I checked out the street view too. Thank you!

  9. I saw a similar VR postbox in Stretford yesterday where the old station (now overlooking the metrolink) is now a newsagents and taxi office. I think there is one in Mossley somewhere but I've forgotten where.


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