This browser is not fully supported by Historic England. Please update your browser to the latest version so that you get the best from our website.

Royal Mail Post Boxes

Front cover for joint policy statement: Royal Mail Post Boxes

A Joint Policy Statement by Royal Mail and Historic England

Traditional red post boxes are a valued part of the local scene. They are street furniture which are both a useful local amenity and a reassuring sight.

On 15 July 2015 Historic England and Royal Mail published a renewed statement of their joint commitment to finding the best ways to ensure that post boxes are retained and well cared for wherever possible.

This document contains Royal Mail's policy commitment to retain all post boxes in operational service in their existing positions (unless circumstances or operational need mean that they have to be relocated or removed). It also sets out Royal Mail's standards for the repair, refurbishment and repainting of post boxes to retain them in good order, following traditional painting schemes. Historic England, for their part, sets out how the listing of post boxes has been handled in the past and will be in future. The rarest and oldest examples have already been recognised by listing, and if the Royal Mail policy of retention is followed, it is unlikely that many further post boxes will be listed. Both parties recognise, however, their importance as heritage assets, whether listed or not.

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 12

Accessibility

If you require an alternative, accessible version of this document (for instance in audio, Braille or large print) please contact us:

Customer Service Department

Telephone: 0370 333 0607
Fax: 01793 414926
Textphone: 0800 015 0516
Email: customers@HistoricEngland.org.uk

Was this page helpful?

Related publications

Also of interest...

  • Construction worker renovating a greenhouse at Wentworth Castle in Barnsley.

    Caring for Heritage

    Find out how to care for the heritage on your doorstep, from war memorials and cemeteries to places of worship and local streets.