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Pillar Box on Aberdeen Park by junction with Highbury Grove

A Grade II Listed Building in Islington, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5514 / 51°33'5"N

Longitude: -0.0981 / 0°5'52"W

OS Eastings: 531965

OS Northings: 185331

OS Grid: TQ319853

Mapcode National: GBR GJ.XLZ

Mapcode Global: VHGQT.880H

Entry Name: Pillar Box on Aberdeen Park by junction with Highbury Grove

Listing Date: 3 May 1978

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1298138

English Heritage Legacy ID: 368489

Location: Islington, London, N5

County: London

District: Islington

Electoral Ward/Division: Highbury East

Built-Up Area: Islington

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Christ Church Highbury Grove

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

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

II

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

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Description

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

II

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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