Charles Dickens’ postbox, installed by Royal Mail at the author’s request in the 19th century, has been recommissioned and put back into service following a special ceremony held today (Wednesday 10th December).
The postbox in Gads Hill, Higham, Kent, was officially reopened outside Dickens’ former home and now school, Gads Hill Place, by his great, great granddaughter, Marion Dickens.
A plaque has been attached next to the box to highlight its historical connection to the author and reads:
This letterbox outside Gad’s Hill Place, home of Charles Dickens, was used by the author and his family between 1859 and 1870.
Proudly restored in his memory by Royal Mail, 10.12.14
A special postmark will also be applied to mail posted in the box bearing the letters ‘CD’, in tribute to the way Dickens used to seal his mail before he posted it. The postmark will be applied from Monday 15th December to Thursday 18th December – the last recommended posting date for Second Class mail.
I can't help thinking that the date should have been shown as 10.12.2014 (or even 10 December 2014).
More details will be provided if we can winkle them out of Royal Mail.
The special postmark is revealed to be a short-term handstamp in the latest Postmark Bulletin, and may be obtained from the London Special Handstamp Centre at Mount Pleasant, Ref 13298.
UPDATE 16 December: Thanks to Graham I can now show this picture of the box and plaque: