Thursday 20 January 2005 9.56pm
I emailed the Postal Heritage Trust this afternoon, just on the off chance, with a plea for help as this obsession was approaching cider-needing proportions, and got this very speedy but sadly slightly depressing (from an SE1 point of view) response from Elizabeth Culver - I suspect perhaps we have over-interpreted Southwark as SE1? The Nunhead Lane box would qualify for the nearest... Her answer is below:
"Thank you for your enquiry regarding the Edward VIII pillar box in London,
SE1. Only 161 pillar boxes were cast during his short reign and although
many have survived, they are uncommon.
We have a list listing all the Edward VIII pillar boxes in England - I
have had a look and unfortunately there does not seem to be one in the SE1
area. However, you will find them in:
SE6 - Crantock Road
SE15 - 62 Nunhead Lane
SE19 - Hermitage Road, Beulah Hill.
However, the list dates from 1969 and so may not be up to date. You may
wish to contact the Letter Box Study Group - their contact details can be
found on their website www.lbsg.org.
I hope you find this information useful and that it helps your discussion."
A courteous and helpful reply - I can't imagine anything could have happened since 1969 to generate more of these if they know how many were made, but never say never...
Their web site is http://www.consignia.com/heritage/english/home/default.asp