Close up of a red pillar box

Pillar Box on Formosa Street

This pillar box is on the corner of Formosa Street and Warrington Crescent, in Maida Vale.  Made of cast iron and 5’4” in height, it is one of the George V versions, so is likely to be over 76 years old.

Pillar boxes were originally painted a sort of browny-green which was supposed to be in sympathy with their surroundings.  However, it was so inconspicuous that people kept bumping into them, so in 1874 the distinctive ‘pillar box red’ became the standard colour.

“This little red box really does signify home to me. Other people might choose a mountain or a lake, but for me it’s this little red box on the corner of Formosa Street and Warrington Crescent.”

Tony Robinson worked with VocalEyes Describer Roz Chalmers on the description of the Pillar Box at Formosa Street for London Beyond Sight.

Directions, Access and Additional Information

Tube: Warwick Avenue – Bakerloo Line

Bus: 414 and 187

Train: Paddington

On exiting Warwick Avenue tube station turn right into Warrington Crescent and cross over Clifton Gardens.  Continue past the Little Sweethearts Montessori School and past Warrington Gardens on your left; your next left is Formosa Street.  The post box is freestanding on the right-hand corner of Formosa Street as you turn in from Warrington Crescent just outside the Prince Alfred Bar.

The post box is situated in a public street.  The access levels can therefore be slightly uneven.

Parking – There is limited parking available although there is an NCP car park in Lanark Road.

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