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Before the tidy up and lick of paint...<br />
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Red letter day for England's oldest post box as it once again becomes the pillar of the community...<br />
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England's oldest postbox in Holwell, Dorset.<br />
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The oldest post box in England has had its red letter day after being spruced up with a new lick of paint and returned to its former glory.<br />
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The iconic box was built in 1855 and is an unusual 'Butt' type design, which means it is an octagonal shape instead of cylindrical.<br />
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It also has a vertical slot for letters to be dropped in instead of the horizontal ones we see today.<br />
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The bright red box has stood on a roadside in Holwell near Sherborne, Dorset, for almost 160 years and was suffering from flaking paint and rust.