Cheap postboxes

An example of the new lamp-boxes currently being installed by Royal Mail, both in new positions and as retrofits.

Cheap in construction, being made from thin steel sheet rather than cast-iron.

Cheap in design, with the Royal Cypher now being applied as a self-adhesive panel following painting. Even the ROYAL MAIL titling is riveted-on.


Made in Newcastle-upon-Tyne by Romec, thereby ending over 30 years of postbox manufacturing by Machan Engineering in Scotland. Upstream suppliers for the cast-iron boxes were the Specialst Castings foundry in Denny, just down the road from Machan's, which made the pillar-boxes and Ballantynes in Bo'ness which cast the smaller lamp-boxes. The outlook for those three companies is now bleak.