The box next to the phone box is an Edinburgh police box. Police boxes are still fairly common in Edinburgh, but as they’re obviously not used for their original purpose anymore, they’ve all been turned into coffee stands.
The other phone boxes you can see in the background will be featured next week!
Update May 2022: some interesting developments to be found on Google Street View!
The Street View image linked above is actually the 2016 image rather than the most recent 2018 update, because the 2018 photo is RAMMED with people due to having been taken in August during the Festival. You can click through on the upper left box on the Street View page to see the 2018 picture.
I really like this row of three. It’s quite hard to catch a picture of them without tourists hanging off the doors in order to do the same thing during busy times (and you can see someone actually using the one on the left here! Wonderful to see it being used!), but it was worth hanging around on this particular day, ’cause I think they’re very pretty all lined up like that.
In 2016, I continued my Burns Night Edinburgh phone box hunt by heading to the Royal Mile, which is a popular tourist spot and hence still has all its phone boxes intact. This will keep us nice and busy for the next few Phone Box Thursdays. I hope you’re as excited as I am!
Turning a phone box into a cash machine is something I’m seeing more and more. It’s a great way of keeping phone boxes useful and functional so that councils don’t get rid of them. Look out for more phone-boxes-turned-cash-machines in this series!
While visiting home for Burns Night in January 2016, I took a photo of the phone box outside Waverley train station, which was looking sad, neglected and stuck in the middle of a building site:
I was a bit worried that the phone box wouldn’t be long for this world, as there seemed to be something new being built on the site. But! Lo and behold, the ‘something new’ turned out to be a Wetherspoon (isn’t it always?), and when I went in with Geth and my friend Sharpy for a pre-train pint in July of that year, guess what had taken pride of place in the beer garden?
I really like the way that the Wetherspoon designers have made a lovely feature out of this phone box, showcasing the beers that you can buy in the pub. Another way to maintain old unused phone boxes!
(Update April 2022: I’ve added coordinates for this box, and the Google Street View clock slider is one of the best I’ve seen in terms of showing the timeline of a place – lots of pictures from between 2009 and 2021! Apparently the Wetherspoon isn’t the first pub garden it’s been part of…)
The picture’s a bit blurry, but you can tell from the Louis Vuitton storefront in the background that it’s in the ‘classy’ shopping area of town (other than the bus station). It was also pouring with rain, which means it was definitely a lot warmer than it had been the day before, when the race took place in absolutely frozen conditions around Arthur’s Seat!
I spotted this phone box with its door missing on the day I first did the Great Edinburgh Winter Run. Because the event is so busy, Dad had parked further up the Pleasance while I did the race, and so I was able to grab a picture of this one as we went past afterwards.
I have a few pictures of this phone box, which I consider one of my ‘local’ red phone boxes as I can get there on the Metro; Newcastle itself doesn’t have any red phone boxes (other than the mystery derelict one in Gosforth that I have never managed to find), but there are plenty in other areas of Tyneside and Wearside. The first photo I have of it was taken by my dad when my parents were out exploring the area on their first visit to see us here:
You can’t really see from this picture, but when I was on Google Street View to find out the name of the street, I realised that there’s actually another phone box behind this one. Next time I’m in Northampton I’ll make sure to take a picture of the both of them!
Update February 2022: added coordinates. This box and its shy twin were still standing as of November 2020.
Every time (it feels like) I pass these phone boxes, it’s when Geth and I are rushing from the bus to the train. On this occasion, it was absolutely pouring, meaning that Geth was extra-especially grumpy about having to stop for me to take pictures of phone boxes.
I was pretty happy about it, though, because this particular date is an important date in the story of one of the novel series I’m writing, and I always envisaged it as being rainy in Edinburgh on that day. Given how often it rains in Edinburgh, though, I don’t think that notion was particularly prophetic. It feels like there’s a 70% chance of rain at any point, even when it’s been bright blue skies for days. You can never be too careful.