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The Old Telephone Box

We went to an "Open Gardens" afternoon at a small village near us called Osgathorpe the other afternoon and had a good walk round the village after an excellent lunch on somebody's patio.

The old village telephone box, at least it is still a red one, is standing in quite a bed of weeds next to a field in which all sorts has been dumped.  It is interesting to note that it no longer accepts coins to make a call, sign of the times I suppose.

 

The Old Telephone Box

We went to an "Open Gardens" afternoon at a small village near us called Osgathorpe the other afternoon and had a good walk round the village after an excellent lunch on somebody's patio.

The old village telephone box, at least it is still a red one, is standing in quite a bed of weeds next to a field in which all sorts has been dumped.  It is interesting to note that it no longer accepts coins to make a call, sign of the times I suppose.

 

comments (17)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 8 Jul 2008, 02:35
I think it would be fun to make a coffee-table art book of all these icons all around the UK in the most unusual places! Wouldn't that be fun! smile
Brian Walbey: I know Ginnie, fly to the U.K. for your next holiday, take all these quirky things yourself, and then make a fortune selling the book of the photos!
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 8 Jul 2008, 05:09
Love the old telephone box. I wish I had one of my own at home in the States. Nothing says "England" more, to me. Great image.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Kay, some people have managed to rescue some of these old phone boxes and have them standing in their gardens.
It doesn't look like many people beat a path to it's door. Lovely photograph of a disappearing image.
Brian Walbey: It was certainly in a bit of a scruffy and overgrown state Pat in what is a very tidy little village.
Interesting that it works at all! (;o)

Lovely anchor point for this rural scene, and I like the framing too. (:o)
Brian Walbey: Thanks Rosalyn, I assume it works, I didn't try it. The border is from some freebies I got off a CD, I'm not really sure about it, certainly Ingrid isn't very keen on the border.
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich...summer? what summer?
  • 8 Jul 2008, 08:21
They are getting increasingly rare and most, it seems, don't take coins anymore.
Brian Walbey: It's all these open things now where passing traffic drowns out the phone Bill, there are a few of these about in the villages round my way.
Lovely and precious image to keep in your records Brian. It won't be there much longer I suppose!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, they are becoming collectors items I think, you often see them in peoples gardens.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jul 2008, 10:44
A relic from past times! It looks so good against the bright green. Not so keen on the border - it looks a bit like ectoplasm! But then, I suppose it does add to the otherwordly atmosphere.
Ingrid
Brian Walbey: I'm glad you like the picture Ingrid, the border was from some freebies I got on a CD. I'm not really sure about it myself.
  • FLOOG
  • A quiet corner of Utopia
  • 8 Jul 2008, 15:55
Ah, a lovely reminder of England's past when Taxi's had a real shape, and the old Routemasters were not seen as unsafe in case people fell out of the open entry/exit point!

A Wonderful image, Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Paul, it's nice to be reminded of the old things that bureacrats seem to want to do away with these days.
  • Martie
  • United States
  • 8 Jul 2008, 16:00
Great photo. I love these old phone boxes, but you know what? In this setting, if it were painted blue we might have mistaken it for the Tardus!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martie, it's good to know Doctor Who is a familiar character in the U.S.A..
  • tim
  • leeds uk
  • 8 Jul 2008, 18:21
nice to see the old red phone box Brian which you don't see very often these days, lovely setting too smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tim, it is a nice quiet little village and apart from the clutter in the field the box is in a nice setting.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Jul 2008, 18:33
These telephone boxes are so special to the UK, This is a very well composed picture, I just heard that in a few years time there will be no public phone booth in our streets.
Brian Walbey: I wouldn't be surprised if these boxes, and the modern ones, all go at some time Astrid. Most people seem to have mobiles.
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 8 Jul 2008, 19:15
No coins and soon no box, probably! The mobile phone seems to be making these redundant; a great shame when the mobile signal is non-existant in places!
Brian Walbey: I suspect going by the weeds this box isn't used very much Alan, it is also in a quiet lane away from the village centre as well.
The way things are going these will soon be a thing of the past. Well twiddled!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris, you still see the occasional one of these in out of the way villages round my way.
  • monika
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Aug 2008, 13:24
Typical English countryside view! Great shot. I love the frame, did you do it yourself or used a template?
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Monika. Sadly a lot of these boxes are being taken away from villages. the frame was from a template on a magazine CD.
Lol, Not sure how long our signs have been up, but not as long as yours, must be the hills we are a bit out of it.!!!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Linda, I'm sure you are just as up to date in the hills as we are in the "dales" of Leicestershire.
Nice one..Was it ever in use there or just dumped there.These will be treasured shots soon Brian.
Brian Walbey: No this is the original village phone box Ron and it is still in use.
doesnt seem to have been in use lately... nice find though
Brian Walbey: Well I guess most people in the village now have phones and mobiles but it is still active.

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