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.
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.
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:
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 🙁
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.
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.
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.
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.