Penfold Pillar Box outside 23 Hampstead High Street and junction with Gayton Street


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Hampstead High Street, London, NW3 1QA


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Statutory Address:
Hampstead High Street, London, NW3 1QA

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

Greater London Authority
Camden (London Borough)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 26528 85669


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

TQ2685NE 798-1/27/760 CAMDEN HAMPSTEAD HIGH STREET (North side) Penfold pillar box outside No.23 and junction with Gayton Street

(Formerly listed as Penfold pillar box outside No.23 HAMPSTEAD HIGH STREET )

19/02/74 GV II Pillar box of the Penfold type, c1866-79. Cast-iron. Hexagonal plan on moulded base. Door with initial VR and moulded frame for collection times. Royal arms above the mouth flanked by words "Post" and "Office". Hexagonal domed lid with beaded cornice and foliated dome. No longer in use.

In 1914 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 9 January 1914 smoke was seen coming from this box; when opened it was discovered that tar and oil had been poured in and set alight, badly damaging the contents. A message referring to suffragette prisoners was found, alluding to the culprits.

This list entry was amended in 2018 as part of the centenary commemorations of the 1918 Representation of the People Act. Listing NGR: TQ2652885670


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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: 26 Feb 2005
Reference: IOE01/13078/29
Rights: Copyright IoE Norman Wigg. Source Historic England Archive
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