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PostSubject: Mystery River Thames letterbox - 11th September 2013   Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:01 am



A letterbox that mysteriously appeared in the middle of a bridge is to be removed as it breaks planning laws.

The box was placed on a buttress on the downstream side of Sonning Bridge, which crosses the River Thames in Sonning, Berkshire.

Entertainer and resident Uri Geller and other villagers said they were bemused by its appearance, although many think it was put up as a piece of art.

Ward councillor Mike Haines said it would have to come down.

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The bridge has Grade II status which means any alterations must be agreed with Wokingham Borough Council as the planning authority.

Postbox fascia on side of Bull Inn
A postbox fascia appeared on the Bull Inn earlier this year
Mr Haines said: "It's been done very nicely, it is not graffiti. I can see the sense of fun of it but there is a concern as it is a listed structure.

"I will talk to the planning department and it will be taken down.

"I'm aware it's bringing a lot of attention [but] it's probably been up for long enough."

It is thought the letterbox was put on the bridge several weeks ago.

A postbox fascia was placed high on an outside wall of the Bull Inn in the village earlier this year but has since been removed, with staff believing it was moved to the bridge.

Mr Geller, who has lived in the village for 33 years, said he had "never seen anything like it".

He said it may have been put there by the "ghost of a mischievous little girl" who has been sighted walking on the bridge.

Royal Mail confirmed the postbox frontage was not one of its facilities.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-24047306?ocid=socialflow_facebook_bbcnews
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PostSubject: Re: Mystery River Thames letterbox - 11th September 2013   Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:02 am

Entertainer Uri Geller and other villagers say they are mystified by the appearance of a red letterbox in the middle of a bridge.

The box has been placed on a buttress on the downstream side of the bridge, which crosses the River Thames.

Residents of Sonning-on-Thames, Berkshire, said the box could only be reached by river users.

Mr Geller, who has lived in the village for 33 years, said he had "never seen anything like it".

"This is a very unusual village," he added.

"There are many sightings of a child ghost that walks on the bridge.

"Maybe it was the ghost of a mischievous little girl?

"I have never seen anything like this anywhere in the world, it's a new one on me."

Royal Mail spokesperson Val Bodden said: "The recent appearance of a postbox frontage on the side of the river bridge at Sonning is a mystery to us.

"It is certainly not an operational posting facility and we have no knowledge of how it arrived at this location."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-24028902
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PostSubject: Re: Mystery River Thames letterbox - 11th September 2013   Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:03 am

Sonning river letterbox proves a challenge for posting

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The appearance of a red letterbox in the middle of a bridge over the River Thames has created quite a mystery.

Residents in Sonning-on-Thames in Berkshire started noticing the box in recent weeks, but say it can only be reached by river users.

Royal Mail say the letterbox is not operational and have no idea how it got there.

BBC South Today's Joe Campbell took to the water in an attempt to make a special delivery.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-24041395
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