Survey Data

Reg No

40851002


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Social Technical


Original Use

Post box


In Use As

Post box


Date

1920 - 1940


Coordinates

182611, 359393


Date Recorded

01/10/2007


Date Updated

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Description

Cast-iron wall-mounted post box, c. 1930, with 'Carron Company, Stirlingshire' foundry mark to base and 'Post Office' in raised lettering above letter flap. Still in use. Set into rendered gate pier outside of two-storey restaurant to the north-east of Bundoran town centre.

Appraisal

This simple post box is an appealing, if subtle feature in the streetscape to the north-east of Bundoran. The modest design of the post box is enhanced by the raised lettering, which enlivens the appearance of this otherwise functional object. It is unusual in that it doesn't have a royal cipher or later Irish insignia (P&T or SE). Its survival is testament to the quality of its original design and of the materials used in its manufacturing. It was cast at the Carron Company foundry (est. 1759, and for a period during the first half of the nineteenth-century it was the largest iron foundry in Europe ) in Stirlingshire, Scotland, and represents an interesting artefact of mass-produced cast-iron work. It may have been moved to its present site from another location in Bundoran.