Thursday, 19 April 2012
Well, would you believe it! I only happened to notice this VR (Victorian) postbox a couple of weeks ago and was about to post it on my blog - intending to ask my local readers if they knew where it was... Despite Saltaire's Victorian origins, none of the postboxes in the village, to my knowledge, are Victorian so I was delighted to see this example not far away.
I passed it again yesterday and was shocked to find it has been ruined. I am not sure what happened. There are no marks on the wall, and nothing to suggest a car collided with it. Methinks the most likely explanation is metal thieves, who seemingly will pinch anything they can see. Completely mindless, they seem to have no respect for other people's property, or for history, or for the consequences of their actions. It does make me angry!
So that's another little piece of local history that has disappeared. For the uninitiated, it is in the wall at the top of Belmont Terrace in Shipley, quite close to St Paul's Church... Well, it was!