Friday 18 February 2011

Black Handyside pillar box inside the business design centre, Islington, London. A Queen Victoria model.

Did you know that Andrew Handyside who made Friar Gate bridge also made thousands of England's iconic red pillar boxes? I doubt many people are aware of this fact that they were made right here in Derby at the Duke Street Foundry "Britannia Iron Works".

This odd coloured Handyside Pillar Box is located inside the business design centre, Islington, London. Notice how the makers name "A. Handyside and Co of Derby and London" has been emphasised.

You may be asking yourself why is this post box inside a building, well the business design centre used to be the Royal Agricultural Hall which has a Single span Iron Roof that was manufactured in Derby by Andrew Handyside. It was built in 1862.

Photograph of the black Handyside Pillar Box.This Queen Victoria model was made before 1901.

Victorian pillarbox by Handyside
Photograph by Suzigun.

Look out for a future post about the former Royal Agricultural Hall made by A. Handyside.
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