Whenever we go away I am always on the look-out for unusual post-boxes. They may be old ones like this Victorian fluted one we came across in Malvern.
On our October holiday we also came across a range of ‘Ludlow’ boxes. These are boxes which were made of rustic pine with a cast iron beading and enamel plate baring the cypher of the reigning monarch at the time of supply. They were supplied from the time of Queen Victoria to the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
They were also to be seen in large country houses, public buildings and hotels. James Ludlow manufactured the boxes in various styles and produced colour leaflets describing the boxes.
At their height, it is estimated that there were some 5,000–7,000 Ludlow boxes in use in the UK. As the network of post offices has contracted, many of these have been withdrawn from service and removed until today there are around 450 left.
Inside large country houses one can often find a post box in the hall or reception area. This one is at Attingham Park, Shropshire and is certainly a cut above something made by James Ludlow out of rustic pine.