Saturday 12 February 2011

A Handyside pillar box in Oakwood, Derby. A King Edward VII model.

Did you know that Andrew Handyside who made Friar Gate bridge also made thousands of Englands 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".

There is a great looking one in Oakwood, Derby. Perhaps you have driven past it and never given it a thought. It looks like it was probably restored at some point in the past as the paint is in very good condition.
This one would have been manufactured between 1901 and 1910.

Here is a photograph I took of the King Edward VII model Handyside Pillar Box in Oakwood, Derby.

Handyside post box on Bishop's Drive, Oakwood

There are only three pillar boxes made by Handyside left standing in Derby (as far as I know).
If you spot one in Derby that is made by Handyside then please leave a comment to this post.

If you  would like to learn more about Pillar Boxes then I found a very good little video about this which in included in my Andrew Handyside Video Playlist here.



  1. There is one just like this on Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa. See my blog at

  2. There is one at Lydd in Kent, it has Handyside , Derby and London embossed on the base