Phone Box Thursday: Cove Road, Malham

Jen sent in this phone box photo from the Yorkshire Dales.

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Red phone box, Cove Road, Malham, 3rd August 2020.

(Coordinates 54°06’16.8″N, 2°15’31.8″W.)

Bit of a well-worn example – the door looks very weathered and the base is falling to bits, and it seems to have declined into disrepair at a fairly quick rate since the Google image was taken. As such, I suspect this one might not be long for the world, sadly.

Back to Scotland next week.

Phone Box Thursday: Willoughby Street, Muthill

Here’s another Scottish phone box found by Mum and Dad while out on their travels.

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Red phone box, Willoughby Street, Muthill, 31st July 2020.

(Coordinates 56°33’19.5″N, 3°83’23.1″W.)

This one seems to be being used as a library/donations point. There are books and household supplies and jigsaw puzzles and all sorts in there.

I like to see phone boxes being reused by communities now that they are no longer needed for phones. Hopefully this one will escape the chop now that it’s been adopted.

Phone Box Thursday: Monument Road, Comrie

Here’s another phone box that Mum and Dad found in Scotland this summer.

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Red phone box, Monument Road, Comrie, 31st July 2020.

(Coordinates 56°37’55.3″N, 3°99’21.3″W.)

This box doesn’t have a phone in it, but otherwise seems relatively well-kept (and makes a very nice feature on the street corner with the accompanying postbox), so hopefully it won’t be disappearing in the near future.

One more from Scotland next week, and then we’ll be heading south again…

Phone Box Thursday: Stirling Road, Callander

Here’s another phone box captured in its final days by Mum and Dad while on their adventures around Scotland.

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Red phone box, Stirling Road, Callander, 31st July 2020.

(Coordinates 56°24’08.3″N, 4°20’27.1″W.)

This box still has a phone inside, but also a notice about its imminent removal. It looks very weathered on the outside so has probably not been maintained for some time.

Another Scottish phone box next week!

Phone Box Thursday: Mylne Avenue, Dollar

Here’s a well-kept phone box from Mum and Dad’s adventures.

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Red phone box, Mylne Avenue, Dollar, 31st July 2020.

(Coordinates 56°16’33.8″N, 3°68’04.7″W.)

Unlike a lot of phone boxes we’ve seen recently, this one looks freshly painted and well-maintained (the phone inside is still intact and seemingly in working order).

Interestingly, the ‘Telephone’ plate at the front has obviously been replaced in recent years – the Street View image shows a ’00s-era blue ’email/text/phone’ plate (for a while, these were installed in certain phone boxes along with basic computers that allowed you to access email – my student flat in 2003/2004 didn’t have internet connection, so I used the email-enabled phone box on the street corner all the time!).

Nice to see a phone box that’s still loved. Hopefully this one won’t be going anywhere anytime soon!

Phone Box Thursday: Shaw Lane, Drummore

Here’s another phone box from Mum and Dad’s adventures in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Red phone box, Shaw Lane, Drummore, 28th July 2020.

(Coordinates 54°68’99.4″N, 4°89’39.7″W.)

The phone box and the playpark/grassy area behind it has been tidied and prettied up a bit since the Google image was taken. However, the phone is no longer in situ, and there’s an imminent removal notice inside the box, sadly.

There seems to be a real push for phone box removal at the moment, especially in rural areas 🙁

A phone box in a slightly happier state next week!

Phone Box Thursday: Ayr Road, St John’s Town

Back to Mum and Dad’s phone box finds around Dumfries and Galloway this week (there have been a lot lately since they’ve been able to visit their holiday caravan again!). This poor shell of a phone box was found in St John’s Town.

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Red phone box, Ayr Road, St John’s Town, 26th July 2020.

(Coordinates 55°10’64.9″N, 4°16’54.7″W.)

The shop in the background has changed hands since the Street View image was taken (presumably in 2009 during the Google cars’ only visit to rural Scotland). The phone box was also in much better quality back then!

There was no phone inside (obviously) but there was this strange motivational message on a painted rock:

Painted rock
I do like sparkle.

It’s a bit sad to see a phone box in this condition, and I doubt it’s long for this world 🙁

More from Dumfries and Galloway next week.

Phone Box Thursday: Surrey Street, Sheffield

Here’s another phone box photo sent in by Bill, depicting three red phone boxes. I don’t think I ever had cause to bump into these ones during my once-annual trips to Sheffield for Resistanz Festival!

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Red phone boxes, Surrey Street, Sheffield, 2nd January 2020.

(Coordinates 53°38’07.7″N, 1°46’98.5″W.)

You can just about see all three phone boxes in the Street View image linked above – the third box is under the tree on the right! The Street View image was taken in summer, on a busier day, so it’s harder to make them out.

These boxes look very well-kept, as tends to be the case with city centre phone boxes (councils seem to maintain them better in city centres as they’re popular with tourists).

Back to rural Scotland next week, and the long quest to capture as many small village boxes as possible before they get removed…