Phone Box Thursday: Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh

While visiting home for Burns Night in January 2016, I took a photo of the phone box outside Waverley train station, which was looking sad, neglected and stuck in the middle of a building site:

Red phone box
Red phone box, Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh, 25th January 2016.

I was a bit worried that the phone box wouldn’t be long for this world, as there seemed to be something new being built on the site.  But!  Lo and behold, the ‘something new’ turned out to be a Wetherspoon (isn’t it always?), and when I went in with Geth and my friend Sharpy for a pre-train pint in July of that year, guess what had taken pride of place in the beer garden?

Blue phone box
Blue phone box, Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh, 10th July 2016.

(Coordinates 55°95’18.4″N, 3°19’17.9″W.)

I really like the way that the Wetherspoon designers have made a lovely feature out of this phone box, showcasing the beers that you can buy in the pub.  Another way to maintain old unused phone boxes!

(Update April 2022: I’ve added coordinates for this box, and the Google Street View clock slider is one of the best I’ve seen in terms of showing the timeline of a place – lots of pictures from between 2009 and 2021!  Apparently the Wetherspoon isn’t the first pub garden it’s been part of…)

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