Phone Box Thursday: A487, Blaenporth

This is the last phone box from Mum and Dad’s trip to Wales last year.

Green phone box
Green phone box, A487, Blaenporth, 12th September 2019.

(Coordinates 52°10’94.5″N, 4°53’83.1″W.)

I absolutely love the refurbished paint scheme on this box! It was empty when Dad photographed it last September, but it looks as though it had been repainted ready to house a defibrillator. In the Street View image linked above, it was still red, so this is a recent development.

Moving on to Scotland next week!

Phone Box Thursday: Main Road, Mynachlog-ddu

We’re still on Mum and Dad’s Welsh trip, and this week sees a second/third (see update to last week’s post) phone box from near the village of Mynachlog-ddu!

Red phone box
Red phone box, Main Road, Mynachlog-ddu, 11th September 2019.

(Coordinates 51°95’52.5″N, 4°68’77.0″W.)

This box was very tatty and weathered, and sadly, like many of the Welsh boxes that Mum and Dad found last year, it contained a notice informing the locals that the box would soon be going to the phone box graveyard. I’m sure it did valiant service while it could.

Phone Box Thursday: Main Road, Mynachlog-ddu

A very rural phone box from Mum and Dad’s Welsh trip for you today.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Main Road, Mynachlog-ddu, 11th September 2019.

(Coordinates 51°94’14.7″N, 4°70’50.6″W.)

I am not at all sure that I have the right coordinates for this one – from the Google Street View image, I think it might be a different phone box. However, it was the only one I could find in Mynachlog-ddu (I couldn’t find St Dogmael’s Church, which this box is near)… so it’ll have to do for now!

Update 19th March 2020: Dad confirmed that it was a different box (but additionally that the one linked on Street View above was also still in situ when they visited – they just didn’t have chance to take a picture of it!). Here’s the correct box:

(Coordinates 51°92’15.2″N, 4°71’77.3″W.)

Anyway, this phone box had a notice inside saying that it had been offered to the community. I wonder if anyone’s taken BT up on the offer?

Phone Box Thursday: Heol Penlan, Goodwick

Here’s another rural Welsh phone box from Mum and Dad’s adventures last year.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Heol Penlan, Goodwick, 11th September 2019.

(Coordinates 52°00’84.1″N, 5°01’51.0″W.)

This box had sadly been emptied of its phone and contained a notice informing the community that it would soon be removed and sent off to the phone box graveyard. RIP phone box. It had become fairly well-kept since the Google Street View photo was taken too 🙁

Phone Box Thursday: Llys Y Dryw, St Nicholas

Here’s another fairly rural box that Mum and Dad found in Wales last September.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Llys Y Dryw, St Nicholas, 11th September 2019.

(Coordinates 51°97’89.0″N, 5°05’73.9″W.)

This box has been repurposed for a defibrillator now (great news!) – you can see it alongside Dad’s photo-taking reflection in the picture! You can also still see the phone box in its previous tired state in the Google Street View image linked above.

Phone Box Thursday: Clifton Street, Laugharne

Another phone box from Mum and Dad’s Welsh trip, this time in Laugharne (most famous as the resting place of Dylan Thomas).

Red phone box
Red phone box, Clifton Street, Laugharne, 10th September 2019.

(Coordinates 51°77’17.1″N, 4°46’25.9″W.)

The paint on this one is a bit faded, but the surroundings are very pretty. The box now contains a defibrillator instead of a phone, which is top quality phone box re-use!

More from Wales next week.

Phone Box Thursday: Main Street, Haugh of Urr

We’re back to our regularly scheduled jaunts around Dumfries and Galloway, where Mum and Dad continued to find a healthy number of phone boxes after getting back from Shetland. This week’s example comes from Haugh of Urr.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Main Street, Haugh of Urr, 29th August 2019.

(Coordinates 54°97’68.8″N, 3°86’38.7″W.)

This phone box had sadly seen better days, and unfortunately was scheduled to be sent to the great red phone box graveyard in the sky North Yorkshire shortly afterwards, according to a notice inside the box. RIP Haugh of Urr phone box 🙁

Phone Box Thursday: South Road, Bressay

Here’s the second of the phone boxes along the Bressay parkrun route, and the final phone box from last August’s Shetland trip.

Red phone box
Red phone box, South Road, Bressay, 10th August 2019.

(Coordinates 60°13’73.9″N, 1°11’39.0″W.)

Since the Google Street View car visited the area (which was probably around 2009 judging by their usual dates for rural Scotland), the phone box has had its ‘Telephone’ signs redone in a nice gold and black scheme. I’m not usually a fan of meddling with the classic phone box design, but it does look quite nice.

Back to the UK mainland next week!

Phone Box Thursday: Gunnista Road, Bressay

Bressay parkrun, which Geth and I did while in Shetland last summer, is the only parkrun course I’ve run so far that has red phone boxes along the route (Highbury Fields parkrun has a couple very close by, but not quite en route). Bressay has two of them – it’s not quite beating the London Marathon’s phone box haul, but it’s still fairly impressive! Here’s the first one we photographed, which is on Gunnista Road close to the parkrun finish line.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Gunnista Road, Bressay, 10th August 2019.

(Coordinates 60°15’01.8″N, 1°11’18.2″W.)

It’s a bit weather-worn, but I actually quite like the effect on the red paint!

I’ll post the other Bressay parkrun phone box next week.