Tardis look-alikes for sale

Posted: April 30, 2012 in General, Law & Disorder
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For 80 years the police boxes have been on Edinburgh’s streets now is your chance to own one, twenty two have been put up for sale.

Not an item to sell on Ebay as they are made of cast iron and weigh two ton. You can of course keep them on the streets where they are if you can obtain a council permit.
Mind you twelve of the boxes are listed so the council would have to approve their removal.

Hmmm, with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe running from 3rd to 27th August and finding accommodation will be like finding rocking horse crap you could always buy a box to sneak into at night to ‘doss down’. What a money saver that would be.

City architect Ebenezer Macrae, now that is a proper Scottish name, created some 85 boxes between 1931 and 1933. They were made of cast-iron, rather than pre-cast concrete ones designed by Scottish-born Gilbert Mackenzie Trench, at the Carron foundry near Falkirk. The boxes included the Edinburgh city crest and saltire-patterned mouldings and were longer than Trench’s with sloping roofs rather than flat ones.

For sale signs will be put on the boxes this week with bids to be lodged by 31st May. Sale proceeds will go to the Force Capital Investment Programme.

The 22 police boxes are in Cowgate, Cranston Street, Croal Place (Albert St), Dalkeith St, Joppa, Drumsheugh Gardens, Easter Road, Hunter Square, Lawnmarket, Magdala Crescent, Market Street, Marshall Street, Melville Drive, Newbattle Terrace, Newcraighall Road (Wisp), Princes Street (West End), Quality Street, Regent Road, Rutland Square, The Shore, Leith, Whitehouse Loan, West Register Street, Whitepark and Gorgie.

The box pictured is the one on Cranston Street.


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