Phone Box Thursday: Greenwich Pier, London

This is another phone box that I snapped while running the London Marathon – it stands right opposite the Cutty Sark in Greenwich.

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Red phone box, Greenwich Pier, London, 28th April 2019.

(Coordinates 51°48’32.1″N, 0°00’94.6″W.)

(We’ll just pause here while I have a nerd moment about that longitude coordinate being so pleasingly close to zero! Annoyingly, in tracing the route on Google Street View, I found that I missed a phone box that was even closer, so I’ll need to go back to the area next time I’m in London.)

What’s interesting about this phone box is that it’s red on the inside as well, which is more obvious now that it’s seemingly been emptied of its contents. I hope it stays around as it provides a nice bit of decoration for the tourist-ridden Cutty Sark promenade.

Phone Box Thursday: A205, London

It’s the second of the London Marathon phone boxes!

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Red phone box, A205, London, 28th April 2019.

(Coordinates 51°48’57.9″N, 0°06’28.2″E.)

Apologies that this one is very blurry – there was a water station in the way and I was trying to zoom in while still semi-running! You can see it much more clearly in the Google Street View image linked above.

It’s a bulbous-topped K2, like many of the phone boxes you see on London streets!

Phone Box Thursday: Charlton Park Lane, London

It’s the first of the London Marathon phone boxes! I warn you that we’ll be here in London for about the next four or five months. I took a LOT of phone box photos while running the London Marathon.

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Red phone box, Charlton Park Lane, London, 28th April 2019.

(Coordinates 51°48’02.5″N, 0°05’25.7″E.)

This phone box showed up around the two-mile marker. It’s a bit vandalised and overgrown, but that’s fairly standard for a suburban phone box – it’s difficult for councils to keep on top of maintaining them. Still a welcome sight early in the race!

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.