"If The Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Me. Jimmy Buffet."
London still has some curious street furniture that stands there without anyone taking notice, as if it were still part of London life.
Take for instance the Police phone box that once stood on most street corners, long before mobile phones or two way radios were ever dreamed of. They were an open air emergency phone to summon help by either police or members of the public.
People walk by oblivious of these Bobby phones, as if they were still relevant to today. Alas I can only find a few of these boxes left, this one in St Martins Le Grand, some others can be found on the Victoria embankment,(badly damaged) Aldgate outside Saint Botolph's Church and Grosvenor Square outside the U. S Embassy. There is also a Dr Who type box the only one that I know of is this one outside of Earls Court Station.
Hurrying along the very busy Oxford Street shopping area it is little surprising that no one takes a second glance of this little gem from the seventeenth century. This antique box was once where the night watchmen better known as Charlie's sat guard before ever the Metropolitan Police force was invented, Named Charlie after their founder Charles II, they were paid a shilling (5p) a night to keep watch.
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