Pillar Box on Aberdeen Park by junction with Highbury Grove


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Aberdeen Park, London, N5 2AL


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Statutory Address:
Aberdeen Park, London, N5 2AL

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Greater London Authority
Islington (London Borough)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 31965 85330


This list entry was subject to a Minor Enhancement on 01/06/2018

TQ3185SE 635-1/38/3

ISLINGTON ABERDEEN PARK (North side) Pillar box by junction with Highbury Grove 03/05/78


Pillar box. 1866-76, to the design of JW Penfold. Cast iron. Hexagonal pillar box on a high plinth with a ball cornice and raised ogee top with leaf pattern; crowning finial missing.

In 1913 the pillar box was damaged by militant suffragettes from the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), the group founded by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903 which used direct actions in its campaign for votes for women. In November 1911 Emily Wilding Davison became the first suffragette to attempt to set fire to a pillar box, and over the next three years suffragettes attacked pillar boxes throughout Britain using paraffin-soaked rags, corrosive liquids, ink and incendiary bombs, in order to destroy the mail inside. Attacks were often carried out at night and the perpetrators were rarely caught. On 30 January 1913 a postman discovered this box in flames; most of the contents were destroyed.

This list entry was amended in 2018 as part of the centenary commemorations of the 1918 Representation of the People Act.

Listing NGR: TQ3196585330


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 17 Jul 2000
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