Return of iconic Victorian postbox receives stamp of approval

A Victorian 'Penfold' pillar box is set to return to the streets of Norwich. Left, the original, rig

A Victorian 'Penfold' pillar box is set to return to the streets of Norwich. Left, the original, right: an existing replica under covers Pictures: Archant - Credit: Archant

An iconic piece of British history will be delivered back onto the street in Norwich, after plans for its return were rubber stamped.

Last month Royal Mail lodged a bid to reinstate a Victorian pillar box in the city centre - more than two decades after it was ploughed down by a van and replaced with a replica.

Now, the proposal has been given Norwich City Council's seal of approval, leaving the Royal Mail free to address the issue.

Currently, a replica of the Penfold postbox sits close to the motorcycle park on St Peters Street, which was installed after a van collided with the 1886 original.

This replica will now be returned to sender, with the newly-restored original to be stationed on the corner of St Peters and Bethel Street, closer to spot in which it first stood.


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The replica is due to be taken into storage until duty calls for it once more.

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