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Discussion in 'Everything Else Heritage' started by 45669, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. 45669

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    Much to my surprise, I came across this old AA box whilst on holiday in Wales last month :

    [​IMG]D14185. AA Box at Devil's Bridge. by Ron Fisher, on Flickr
     
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    Juxtaposition - or is the (English) AA seen as the enemy ? ;)
     
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    There are allegedly 19 still in existence by the roadside, despite being decommissioned in 2002.
     
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    I think that one survives at the bottom of Garrowby hill on the A166 York - Driffield Rd.
     
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    One of the survivors is located at the junction of the A50 and A 556 at Mere in Cheshire.
     
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    That one is well hidden now, I wonder if any of them get any use these days?
     
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    I think I still have my key to the AA RAC boxes somewhere, do the existing boxes still contain a phone?
     
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    They were not exactly prolific back in the day; you were quite lucky to break down within walking distance of one :D
     
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    They are no longer in use so I assume that the phones have been removed. There are several others pictured on Flickr and one of them clearly shows that it is locked with a mortice dead lock, so the old AA / RAC keys wouldn't be any good on that one. Can't speak for the others.

    Further pictures of AA boxes can be seen here if anyone is interested to have a look : https://www.flickr.com/groups/aaboxes/
     
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    Those of us in the west country might suggest that box 137 at the top of Porlock Hill is a pretty well-known example...

    Robin
     
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    Wouldn't it have been better off at the bottom, at least you could have free-wheeled back down to it ;
     
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    no decommissioned back in 2002.
     
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    Included in the link I provided above.
     
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    Funnily enough we're having a week at Porlock next summer so I'll look out for it. Watch this space...
     
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