Phone Box Thursday: Lostwithiel Street, Fowey

This week’s phone box is another one that Bill and Fiona found in Cornwall earlier this year – a very nicely repainted one this time.

Blue phone box
Blue phone box, Lostwithiel Street, Fowey, 20th February 2020.

(Coordinates 50°33’57.4″N, 4°63’75.2″W.)

The box is also painted in this nice blue and green colour scheme in the above Street View image, which must be fairly recent. But wait…

If you try to move closer to the phone box, you get this older image, which shows how the box looked when it was still red!

While the classic red colour is iconic, I do like the look of interestingly-repainted phone boxes – it indicates that they’re being looked after, if nothing else!

One last phone box picture from Cornwall next week.

Phone Box Thursday: Porthpean Beach Road, St Austell

So… when I said last week that we’d be moving back up north, just pretend I actually said ‘west’ – I’d forgotten which phone box series I was scheduled to do next!

Bill very kindly sent me a few phone box pictures from a trip to Cornwall in February, so we will be enjoying the land of pirates and beaches for the next couple of weeks (I wish I was there for real right now – I bet it’s glorious at the moment).

Red phone box
Red phone box, Porthpean Beach Road, St Austell, 19th February 2020.

(Coordinates 50°32’15.5″N, 4°77’00.4″W.)

A nice smart defibrillator box, which means it will hopefully be of use for some time. The defibrillator company posted on Facebook about the installation of the defibrillator – it has been in place since 2018, apparently!

Yesterday we installed this public access monitored defibrillator cabinet to the telephone box in Porthpean. Thanks to…

Posted by Duchy Defibrillators on Thursday, 12 July 2018

More from Cornwall next week.

Phone Box Thursday: Queensway, London

One last London phone box from my November trip last year!

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

(Coordinates 51°51’05.6″N, 0°18’70.1″W.)

This box is only about twenty feet away from last week’s box, and is also outside Queensway tube station. It’s slightly more unkempt than its neighbour, but nowhere near as badly-maintained as the soon-to-be-removed rural boxes we’ve been looking at recently. It’s a London phone box, so I expect it’ll be sticking around for some time!

Working our way north again next week…

Phone Box Thursday: Queensway, London

Here’s another phone box from the area where I was staying when I visited London last November.

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

(Coordinates 51°51’03.7″N, 0°18’69.5″W.)

This is one of two phone boxes outside Queensway tube station. I’ll post the other one next week!

It always annoys me when one of the ‘Telephone’ signs has been put back in the box upside-down like this. It looks a bit sloppy. In general, though, it’s another fairly well-maintained phone box.

One last London box next week, and then we’ll be heading north again…

Phone Box Thursday: Dean Street, London

Here’s another phone box from when I was in London last November.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Dean Street, London, 27th November 2019.

(Coordinates 51°51’46.4″N, 0°13’31.2″W.)

Here’s a bonus Street View image where you’re right up in the phone box’s face! I think the Street View car must have had to squeeze past quite closely to avoid the roadworks on the other side of the street.

Anyway, this box is typically well-kept for a London phone box. From the Street View image, I’m guessing that posters etc. are not allowed on the box even in the summer, but I bet it doesn’t stop people trying.

Another London phone box next week!

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.