This is quite a fun one! It’s been overgrown with ivy, which is now protruding inside the box. Probably not the greatest thing for the health of the phone box, but it looks very cool!
The Google Street View image, as is standard for rural Scotland, is from a decade previously in 2009 – at which point the box was not ivy-laden at all! Maybe at some point it will be immersed totally, escape the fate of being shipped off to the phone box graveyard, and be rediscovered by archaeologists in a few centuries’ time…
However… the coordinates above aren’t quite correct, as is obvious if you look at the box’s surroundings in the Google Street View image! According to Dad, the phone box is currently in a temporary position:
‘This phone box is in Pinwherry, on the A714.
It appears to be in the process of being moved – as you can see, it’s in a field. There’s a notice which says where the nearest defibrillator is (some way away); the box is being turned into a defibrillator box.
Its present position is close to, but not exactly where it is on Google street view.’
I did try to find the coordinates of the current location, but I’m not sure it’s accessible via Street View! I can’t see the wooden gate (seen in the below wider shot) anywhere…
…but judging by the scenery, I’m guessing it’s roughly here.
I don’t know where the box will eventually end up, but I hope the defibrillator will be of good use if necessary!
Stuff I learnt today: if you drop the wee Google Street View man onto the map around Crathie Kirk and Balmoral Castle, he turns into the Queen. Somehow I doubt she goes for walks along the A93!
(I wonder if it does the same for all of the Royal residences? I will resist checking, because I really don’t have that level of procrastination time available today.)
Anyway, this phone box is a lot better kept than most rural phone boxes in the UK. It’s super shiny and red, and there’s still an actual phone inside, which is unusual these days! Hopefully, this one is here to stay for some years yet.
This one should really be known as ‘The Leaning Phone Box of Torphins’ and I’d be surprised if it’s there for much longer… because in addition to it falling over, there’s no phone inside! Poor phone box – it would be nice if this one could be rescued, reutilised and straightened up again, but I’m not holding my breath.
Dad emailed me the following with regards to this box last October:
‘It’s here […] but wasn’t when the Google street view was done – there’s a post office van there! They have made a bit of wall between the gatepost and the old wall, and added a phonebox from somewhere! So this one isn’t in its original location.’
Strange that a phone box would be moved to a new rural location! I wonder where it was originally.
This one could do with a slight repaint around the top but on the whole is very well-kept, and very neatly positioned between that bin and bus shelter! (Although, thinking about it, the phone box was probably there first…)
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.