Totnes Taster

by Gethin Thomas May. 07, 2021 100 views

Another photo walk around Totnes this morning. My first time since the last lockdown closed all the shops. Really lively and colourful, and the market is back to full strength.

So several posts on the way as I work through the photos taken. There are wands, bric-a-brac, food, architecture, and faces, so I will break the posts down into suitable groups.

This one below worked as a single. This very old Post Box is embedded in the ancient town wall next to the town gate entrance just off Fore Street. Initialled VR, Victoria Regina, for Queen Victoria's reign. Regina is Latin for Queen. You can tell it is an old one because under the angled weather shield the actual letter opening is very narrow. Later boxes had wider letter slots.

Green was adopted as the standard colour for the early Victorian post boxes. Between 1866 and 1879 the hexagonal Penfold post box became the standard design for pillar boxes and it was during this period that red was first adopted as the standard colour.

Victoria reigned until 1901 so this box, still in daily use today, has been doing it's duty for at least 120 years, probably a lot longer.

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Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Speaking of Queen Victoria, recently I watched a video called "Victoria and Abdul", very interesting tidbit of history. If you haven't seen it I do recommend.

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Gethin Thomas Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Victoria goes woke, sort of thing?

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