Today is an important day of action in the History Matters campaign, so I thought I would write about a landmark which has a very special place in the history of the English language.
This postbox is unique in the UK. It is the only one to have been installed outside a private house specifically because the person living there sent so much mail. The individual in question was James Murray, the editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. He spent thirty years sifting through words and quotations sent by hundreds of readers in his drafting of the hefty reference work, to then send them on to the publishers courtesy of this postbox outside his home at 78 Banbury Road, in Oxford. I first read about it in Simon Winchester’s The Meaning of Everything, and I was all happy to be able to go and see it this weekend. Geeky, je?