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Belton Village, Post Office & Smithy
Belton Village, Post Office & Smithy
Belton Village, Post Office & Smithy

"Estate cottage, now a house, post office and smithy. Cottage C17, remodelled 1838; smithy 1838. Both by Anthony Salvin"

"One of several estate buildings by Salvin for John, first Earl Brownlow, of Belton House"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1298453 

Georgian "GR" post box still in use.

DB 25 April 2018 

Belton Kesteven, Post Office, Smithy, Forge, Anthony Salvin, Earl Brownlow, Belton House
Boston, Post Office
Boston, Post Office
Boston, Post Office

The main Post Office in Wide Bargate, Boston, was opened on 12 December 1907 by the Postmaster General.

The public counter now fills most of the ground floor but the original sorting office and telephone have been moved elsewhere.

Undated postcard
Boston, post office,
Butterwick, Post Office
Butterwick, Post Office
Butterwick, Post Office

"The post office "first started at a large house in a farmyard in Benington Road, (only outbuildings remain) before moving to a cottage at 9 Old Post Office Lane, for many years (now a private house).

Eventually the Post Office moved to the Village Shop in Brand End Road next door to what is now the Fish Shop"

http://parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/Butterwick/section.asp?catId=14851 

DB 9 June 2018 

Butterwick, Post Office, Fish Shop
Carlton Scroop, Repeater Station
Carlton Scroop, Repeater Station
Carlton Scroop, Repeater Station

"BT Archives has a reference to the foundations being excavated in October 1965"

http://www.dgsys.co.uk/btmicrowave/sites/150.php 

"part of a cold war emergency microwave communications system, 'Backbone'"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlton_Scroop 

Tower is still in active use.

DB 16 April 2018

Carlton Scroop, Repeater Station, microwave, Backbone, Cold War, BT, Tower
Claypole, Post Boxes
Claypole, Post Boxes
Claypole, Post Boxes

Both Victoria & George V post boxes at separate points along Main Street.

DB 24 September 2018

Claypole, Post Box
Claypole, Telephone Kiosk, Type KX100
Claypole, Telephone Kiosk, Type KX100
Claypole, Telephone Kiosk, Type KX100

Located on Main Street near the village hall.

Telephone removed prior to the kiosk itself being removed. A notice inside stated that the kiosk had received insufficient use.

The BBC reported in 2017 that 

"BT is to scrap half of the UK's remaining 40,000 telephone boxes and focus on the ones in locations where people are more likely to use them.

In 1992 at their peak before mobile phones became popular, there were 92,000 phone boxes in the UK"

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40934210 

DB 24 September 2018

Claypole, Telephone Kiosk, KX100
Donington on Bain, Belmont Transmitting Station
Donington on Bain, Belmont Transmitting Station
Donington on Bain, Belmont Transmitting Station

Belmont transmitting station viewed from Donington On Bain.

"From its location, high in the Lincolnshire Wolds, it broadcasts digital television and both analogue and digital radio to Lincolnshire, eastern Yorkshire, northern parts of Norfolk and some parts of Nottinghamshire"

"The mast was constructed in 1965 and it came into service on 20 December of that year. As built it was a tubular pipe 900 feet (274.3 m) long by 9 feet (2.7 m) in diameter, surmounted by a 365 feet (111.3 m) lattice upper section"

"In September 1967 meteorological equipment was added to the 1,265 feet (385.6 m) mast extending its height to 1,272 feet (387.7 m)"

"Between October 2009 and April 2010 the mast was shortened as part of the Digital Switchover works, most of the top section above the fifth stay level was removed (along with the sixth stay level) and the mast now stands 1,154 feet (351.7 m) high"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belmont_transmitting_station 

DB 9 September 2018

Donington On Bain, Belmont transmitting station
Dry Doddington, Telephone Kiosk, Type KX300
Dry Doddington, Telephone Kiosk, Type KX300
Dry Doddington, Telephone Kiosk, Type KX300

Former telephone kiosk next to the Wheatsheaf Inn.

Now used to house defibrillator.

DB 5 September 2018

Dry Doddington, Telephone Kiosk, KX300, defibrillator
Heckington, Telephone Kiosk Type K6, Village Green
Heckington, Telephone Kiosk Type K6, Village Green
Heckington, Telephone Kiosk Type K6, Village Green

Located next to Henry Godson's Almshouses.

"Telephone kiosk. Type K6. Designed 1935 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1169043

Now used to house a defibrillator. 

DB 28 July 2018

Heckington, K6, Telephone Kiosk, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott
Hougham, Telephone Kiosk, Type K6
Hougham, Telephone Kiosk, Type K6
Hougham, Telephone Kiosk, Type K6

Telephone kiosk on Main Street now converted for use as a community library.

"In 1935 the K6 (kiosk number six) was designed to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V.

It was consequently sometimes known as the "Jubilee" kiosk. It went into production in 1936.

The K6 was the first red telephone kiosk to be extensively used outside London, and many thousands were deployed in virtually every town and city, replacing most of the existing kiosks and establishing thousands of new sites.

In 1935 there had been 19,000 public telephones in the UK: by 1940, thanks to the K6, there were 35,000"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_telephone_box

DB 28 August 2018

Hougham, Telephone Kiosk, K6, library
Lincoln, Exchequer Gate, Sophie Wells&nbspGold Post Box
Lincoln, Exchequer Gate, Sophie Wells Gold Post Box
Lincoln, Exchequer Gate, Sophie Wells Gold Post Box

The plaque reads "This post box has been painted gold by Royal Mail to celebrate Sophie Wells Gold Medal winner London 2012 Olympic Games Equestrian: Team, Open".

Over 100 post boxes, throughout the country, were painted gold by Royal Mail to celebrate every Team GB and Paralympics GB gold medal won during the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Sophie Wells from Lincoln won a team gold and two individual silver medals at the Paralympic Games.

DB 27 February 2018 

Lincoln, Exchequer Gate, Gold, Post Box, Sophie Wells
Lincoln, Lee Road, Edward IV Pillar Post Box
Lincoln, Lee Road, Edward IV Pillar Post Box
Lincoln, Lee Road, Edward IV Pillar Post Box

Lincoln has a good selection of Victorian, George V, George VI and Elizabeth II post boxes however only a few from the reign of Edward VII (1901-1910).

No known Edward VIII (1936) boxes in Lincolnshire? 

DB 8 November 2018

Lincoln, Lee Road, Edward IV, Pillar Post Box
Lincoln, Minster Yard, Victorian Pillar Post Box
Lincoln, Minster Yard, Victorian Pillar Post Box
Lincoln, Minster Yard, Victorian Pillar Post Box

Situated next to The Chancery and opposite the east end of the Cathedral.

"In 1853 the first pillar box in the United Kingdom was installed at Botchergate, Carlisle"

"Green was adopted as the standard colour for the early Victorian post boxes"

"The first boxes to be painted red were in London in July 1874"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_box 

DB 27 September 2018

Lincoln, Minster Yard, Pillar Post Box
South Willingham, Belmont Transmitting Station
South Willingham, Belmont Transmitting Station
South Willingham, Belmont Transmitting Station

"The Belmont transmitting station is a broadcasting and telecommunications facility next to the B1225, one mile west of the village of Donington on Bain in the civil parish of South Willingham"

"It has a guyed tubular steel mast, with a lattice upper section.

The mast was shortened in April 2010 and is now 1,154 feet (351.7 m) in height.

Before this it was 1,272 feet (387.7 m) high and was considered to be the tallest structure of its kind in the world"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belmont_transmitting_station

DB 9 September 2018

South Willingham, Belmont transmitting station
Thurlby by Lincoln, Post Box
Thurlby by Lincoln, Post Box
Thurlby by Lincoln, Post Box

Victorian post box still in use near the junction of Bassingham Road and Haddington Lane.

DB 17 July 2018

Thurlby by Lincoln, Post Box, Victorian
Woodhall Spa, Post Office
Woodhall Spa, Post Office
Woodhall Spa, Post Office

Inscription at top of building states

"WOODHALL SPA

VR

POST OFFICE"

Three Royal Mail vans waiting outside. 

DB 18 April 2018

Woodhall Spa, Post Office, Royal Mail