GPO Postal History Walk

Post Boxes at the Postal Archive in Debden
Old Post Boxes at the Postal Archive in Debden
 (c) David Brown, 2012

From Pillar to Past

Join us in a walk that explores 350 years of London Postal History – from the Coffee Houses of the 1600s to the  electronic communications of today. Discover why pillar boxes are coloured red, why the post is called the ‘post’ and the mail is called the ‘mail’; and why the floors of all telephone boxes slope.

This two hour walk meets outside Farringdon underground station (the modern main Thameslink entrance to the station) and ends close to Bank underground station. No booking required – pay the guide (£7, £6 for concessions, £5 for Friends of BPMA).  All guides are members of the Clerkenwell & Islington Guides Association and the City of London Guide Lecturers Association.   For travel details on the day please check Transport for London’s Plan a Journey service.