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Posted on January 23, 2017 by Sioux under General
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Work was over for a week and it was R&R time for me again…. The weather was glorious so I went on a walk about.

 

First a meander through Tonbridge to get to the station and then on to the big city.

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I love walking through Tonbridge, it’s not manically busy and is so prettily dressed during the summer.

The view from the room I stayed in.

Tonbridge is an historic market town, located on the River Medway approximately 47 km south east of London, in the English county of Kent. It is well known for its culture and heritage.

 

A magnificent motte and bailey castle, surrounded by beautiful gardens, towers above the Medway, and is a dominant feature in the town.

 

Timber framed buildings can still be found throughout the town, as well as fine 18th century weather boarded and tiled houses. The family of Jane Austen had many links to the town and its prestigious boys-only school. Her father George was both pupil and teacher at the school. 

Buildings of Tonbridge School

The River Medway, which runs alongside the castle.

The icon of the UK’s postal system, the red Royal Mail post box, is as recognised around the world as the red phone booth. As a cherished feature of the British street furniture scene, there is one within half a mile of over 98% of the UK population.

 

There are around 115,500 pillar, wall, and lamp boxes across the UK, some rarer than others and some have very special places in English heritage, with many having a particular meaning for local communities.

 

In England, a small number are listed buildings. 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. The first boxes to be painted red were in London in July 1874, although it would be nearly 10 years before all the boxes had been repainted.

 

More than 60% of current British post boxes carry the E II R mark of Queen Elizabeth II or a Scottish crown. Boxes from the reign of George V account for about 15% of the total. There are smaller numbers, in descending order, of boxes from the reigns of George VI, Victoria, and Edward VII. There are 171 boxes surviving from the short 1936 reign of Edward VIII.

 

Boxes are painted black and sealed if they are taken out of service but remain in situ.

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