Phone Box Thursday: Queensway, London

We move south again now for a series of phone boxes that I found when I last visited London, in November 2019.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Queensway, London, 27th November 2019.

(Coordinates 51°51’23.8″N, 0°18’75.5″W.)

This one stands outside Bayswater tube station, which was the closest station to where I was staying. Like most London phone boxes, it’s well-maintained and still has its machinery intact.

More from London next week!

Phone Box Thursday: B7065, Kirkmaiden

Here’s the last of the phone boxes that Mum and Dad found for me while on their adventures in 2019.

Red phone box
Red phone box, B7065, Kirkmaiden, 29th October 2019.

(Coordinates 54°69’17.2″N, 4°91’22.9″W.)

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…

Phone Box Thursday: A714, Pinwherry

An interesting example from Mum and Dad’s Scottish travels today.

Red phone box
Red phone box, A714, Pinwherry, 21st October 2019.

(Coordinates 55°14’45.0″N, 4°83’12.0″W.)

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…

Red phone box

…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!

Phone Box Thursday: Main Road, Guildtown

Here’s another of Mum and Dad’s Scottish phone box finds!

Red phone box
Red phone box, Main Road, Guildtown, 12th October 2019.

(Coordinates 56°47’11.1″N, 3°40’89.9″W.)

This one has been kept very nicely and has now been turned into a library for the local residents!

Red phone box library
Red phone box library!

Lovely to see this type of re-use. I wonder how the library is managed? Maybe people just put book donations on the shelves and borrowing is all done in good faith!

Phone Box Thursday: A93, Crathie

Here’s another rural Scottish phone box from Mum and Dad’s travels.

Red phone box
Red phone box, A93, Crathie, 12th October 2019.

(Coordinates 57°03’99.3″N, 3°21’46.7″W.)

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.

Phone Box Thursday: A980, Torphins

Another phone box from Mum and Dad’s travels today.

Red phone box
Red phone box, A980, Torphins, 12th October 2019.

(Coordinates 57°11’34.1″N, 2°64’71.1″W.)

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.

Phone Box Thursday: A93, Dinnet

Here’s another Scottish phone box found by Mum and Dad.

Red phone box
Red phone box, A93, Dinnet, 12th October 2019.

(Coordinates 57°07’74.5″N, 2°89’05.4″W.)

This one still had a phone in it, which is unusual these days! Sadly, it also had a notice inside informing the locals that it was being removed soon.

It’s fairly tatty and looks as though it has been in a state of disrepair for some time. Still, it’s sad to see that this one, like so many others, is due to be carted off to the phone box graveyard.

Phone Box Thursday: Ballater Road, Milton of Tullich

Here’s another phone box that Mum and Dad found in the depths of the Scottish countryside….

Red phone box
Red phone box, Ballater Road, Milton of Tullich, 12th October 2019.

…but if you look at Google Street View…

(Coordinates 57°06’48.0″N, 3°00’97.4″W.)

…isn’t there something missing?

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.

Phone Box Thursday: A702, Lamington

Back to Scotland for this week’s phone box. Mum and Dad sent this one, which is on their regular route between Edinburgh and southwest Scotland.

Red phone box
Red phone box, A702, Lamington, 14th September 2019.

Coordinates 55°56’26.4″N, 3°61’84.1″W.)

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…)

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!