Phone Box Thursday: A714, Causeway End

This is the last of the batch of phone boxes that Mum and Dad found in Dumfries and Galloway earlier this year.

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Red phone box, A714, Causeway End, 21st April 2019.

(Coordinates 54°91’10.6″N, 4°46’47.3″W.)

This box is out of use nowadays, but it’s still very well kept by the local council. Maybe they’re planning to find an alternative use for it at some point!

BONUS PHONE BOX NEWS FOR THIS WEEK: As of today you have 26 days left to watch Dial ‘B’ for Britain: The Story of the Landline on iPlayer. It’s a fascinating history of telephones in 20th century Britain, which is of course one of my favourite subjects! I highly recommend it if you’re at all interested in phones or engineering or British culture, or even if you just remember the 20th century and fancy a bit of nostalgia.

We’ll be heading down to London next week for the first of my London Marathon phone box finds!

Phone Box Thursday: A714, Bladnoch

Another phone box that Mum and Dad found in the south-west of Scotland! The nice thing about rural places is that the local councils are more likely to maintain their phone boxes.

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Red phone box, A714, Bladnoch, 21st April 2019.

(Coordinates 54°85’80.0″N, 4°46’17.0″W.)

This box is no longer working – there’s a notice inside that explains that BT no longer own it (hence why the phone equipment has been removed) and it’s now the property of the local council. Wonder if they have alternative plans for it?

Again, the Google Street View cars have not visited Dumfries and Galloway for a decade and so the link above shows the box in a much more overgrown situation – they’ve since tidied the location up!

Phone Box Thursday: A716, Ardwell

Here’s another phone box that Mum and Dad found in the south-west of Scotland. This one still works!

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Red phone box, A716, Ardwell, 20th April 2019.

(Coordinates 54°76’95.2″N, 4°94’12.2″W.)

I’m not sure what the blue bit of rope is for, but on the whole this is a very nicely kept phone box. Interestingly, it doesn’t accept coins, only card payments:

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Card payments only!

It also accepts BT Chargecards. I still have mine, though I’m probably one of the few remaining people in the UK who does! I’m not sure that Mum and Dad would appreciate me charging a phone call to their bill with my Chargecard nowadays.

It’s interesting that even this still-working phone box has been modernised in some respect though. I wonder how many are out there that still accept coins?

Phone Box Thursday: Millbrae, Dornoch

This is another phone box found by Mum and Dad.

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Red phone box, Millbrae, Dornoch, 18th April 2019.

(Coordinates 54°98’40.4″N, 3°19’94.1″W.)

As you can probably tell from the decade-old date of the Google Street View image linked above (which is becoming a bit of a theme), this is another phone box from Dumfries and Galloway. It needs a bit of love (hopefully it’ll get adopted and repurposed at some point), but at least it’s still standing.

More from the area next week!

Phone Box Thursday: B724, Cummertrees

This is another phone box spotted by Mum and Dad while out and about in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Red phone box, B724, Cummertrees, 18th April 2019.

(Coordinates 54°98’55.2″N, 3°34’69.2″W.)

This is one of a number of countryside phone boxes that have been turned into defibrillator boxes – useful for places in the middle of nowhere where it takes longer for the emergency services to arrive.

Again, the Google Street View image linked above is ten years out of date (maybe the Google cars will visit Dumfries and Galloway again one day…), which shows us that this phone box was previously one of the many that were upgraded (in the early ’00s from what I remember) to an email/text/phone box – which are themselves fairly obsolete now that everyone has email/internet on their mobile!

Phone Box Thursday: B724, Clarencefield

Here’s another phone box spotted by Mum and Dad in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Red phone box, B724, Clarencefield, 18th April 2019.

(Coordinates 55°00’50.0″N, 3°42’26.6″W.)

This one is an interestingly-repurposed box that at some point in the last decade (as usual for Dumfries and Galloway, the Google Street View image linked above is from 2009) has been turned into a book repository!

More from the area next week.

Phone Box Thursday: A762, New Galloway

Mum and Dad recently found this lovely refurbished phone box in New Galloway, near Castle Douglas.

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Blue phone box, A762, New Galloway, 30th March 2019.

The inside is full of flyers and posters and all sorts!

Blue phone box interior

(Coordinates 55°07’49.0″N, 4°14’08.5″W.)

New Galloway is one of those places where the Google Street View cars don’t visit very often, so the linked image is from 2009, when the box was still red. It’s clearly being very well cared for now!

Phone Box Thursday: Crossgate Lane, Lindisfarne

This is another phone box found by Mum and Dad while travelling.

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Red phone box, Crossgate Lane, Lindisfarne, 15th February 2019.

(Coordinates 55°67’08.3″N, 1°80’18.5″W.)

(You’ll have to make do with the linked Google satellite picture – you can see the wee red box outside the Crossman Hall! – because the Google Street View car couldn’t be bothered mapping out Lindisfarne properly. Sort it out, Google!)

This is a very nicely placed phone box outside the town hall. Very well kept too.