A Brief Introduction to Bandstands

In Victorian Britain public parks were developed to promote health and wellbeing, and bandstands became focal points for communal entertainment.Read more

If Street Furniture Could Talk

Street furniture probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of protected heritage. But our high streets and country lanes would be a poorer place without the milestones, lamp posts, horse troughs and bollards that collectively remind us of how very different from today our streets once were. As our busy roads are adapted to accommodate modern transport schemes, these small elements can easily be swept away. Significant pieces are protected by listing so they remainRead more

A Brief Introduction to the Post Box

As culturally significant as they are practical, the Royal Mail post box is a cherished feature of our streets. With over 85,000 boxes across England, it is likely you pass one every day. The story of these iconic British beacons begins in the Channel Islands, via Europe. Walking Miles for Mail The 1840 Postal Reform act introduced affordable postage and easy-to-use adhesive stamps. Yet the nearest letter-receiving office was miles away from many communities. It took Anthony Trollope (the Victorian author, thenRead more