Comments on: AA Call Boxes – A Complete Guide http://www.breakdowncover.org/aa/aa-call-boxes Breakdown Cover Blog Sat, 25 Jun 2011 11:00:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= By: Box 472 http://www.breakdowncover.org/aa/aa-call-boxes#comment-1625 Box 472 Sat, 25 Jun 2011 11:00:22 +0000 http://www.breakdowncover.org/?p=573#comment-1625 Some great comments on here. Something to be borne in mind when counting the remaining boxes in the UK is that very few remain in their original locations. Several are preserved in museums etc. but the ones currently in situ are diminishing rapidly. My estimate (only an estimate)is that as few as 10 to 12 actually remain in situ. Of those, many are in a dire state of repair and will 'disappear' within the next 3 to 5 years unless rescued by volunteers. The individual National Heritage organisations have little or no hands on interest in saving them, other than 'on paper'. If you have one of these fantastic examples of social history close to you then if you or others leave it to degrade then before long, unfortunately, it will disappear. Some great comments on here. Something to be borne in mind when counting the remaining boxes in the UK is that very few remain in their original locations.

Several are preserved in museums etc. but the ones currently in situ are diminishing rapidly. My estimate (only an estimate)is that as few as 10 to 12 actually remain in situ.

Of those, many are in a dire state of repair and will ‘disappear’ within the next 3 to 5 years unless rescued by volunteers. The individual National Heritage organisations have little or no hands on interest in saving them, other than ‘on paper’.

If you have one of these fantastic examples of social history close to you then if you or others leave it to degrade then before long, unfortunately, it will disappear.

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By: Christopher Lovelock http://www.breakdowncover.org/aa/aa-call-boxes#comment-1592 Christopher Lovelock Sun, 08 May 2011 23:07:59 +0000 http://www.breakdowncover.org/?p=573#comment-1592 I just found my (recently deceased) father's car badge and key on the window sill in his study. He had been an AA member for over fifty years. I cannot wait to get back to Brancaster (where we often go) and try an see if the car will breakdown somewhere close to box 530!! Hopefully the car will not break down and I can just unlock the door and see what’s inside. I promise to take some photographs… I just found my (recently deceased) father’s car badge and key on the window sill in his study. He had been an AA member for over fifty years. I cannot wait to get back to Brancaster (where we often go) and try an see if the car will breakdown somewhere close to box 530!! Hopefully the car will not break down and I can just unlock the door and see what’s inside. I promise to take some photographs…

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By: Marv Proctor http://www.breakdowncover.org/aa/aa-call-boxes#comment-1588 Marv Proctor Thu, 05 May 2011 04:36:59 +0000 http://www.breakdowncover.org/?p=573#comment-1588 As a Yank with UK friends that have turned me onto the history of AA, callboxes, Keys, badges and Members handbooks. I think the history of these important pieces of automotive archieval physical elements and the entire AA background story is absolutely worth the effort by involved organizations and concerned individuals to save for the future enjoyment of motoring entusiasts. Good luck to you all! Marv Proctor Rockford, Illinois USA As a Yank with UK friends that have turned me onto the history of AA, callboxes, Keys, badges and Members handbooks. I think the history of these important pieces of automotive archieval physical elements and the entire AA background story is absolutely worth the effort by involved organizations and concerned individuals to save for the future enjoyment of motoring entusiasts. Good luck to you all!

Marv Proctor
Rockford, Illinois
USA

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By: Box 472 http://www.breakdowncover.org/aa/aa-call-boxes#comment-1586 Box 472 Tue, 03 May 2011 13:50:05 +0000 http://www.breakdowncover.org/?p=573#comment-1586 To view many pictures of AA boxes please visit: http://www.flickr.com/groups/aaboxes/ There are very few boxes remaining in their original location, a high number of those are in dire condition and will not last much longer. It is such a shame that Historic England & Historic Scotland state that they are 'listed' and 'protected' buildings but just leave them to fend for themselves and eventually these serious pieces of social history disappear through lack of care and attention. Unless local volunteers take on the task as in the case of Box 472 at the Cambus O'May, Nr Ballater, Royal Deeside, Scotland (www.aabox472.webs.com) it will not be long before the UK is void of these pleasant reminders of days gone by. To view many pictures of AA boxes please visit:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/aaboxes/

There are very few boxes remaining in their original location, a high number of those are in dire condition and will not last much longer.

It is such a shame that Historic England & Historic Scotland state that they are ‘listed’ and ‘protected’ buildings but just leave them to fend for themselves and eventually these serious pieces of social history disappear through lack of care and attention.

Unless local volunteers take on the task as in the case of Box 472 at the Cambus O’May, Nr Ballater, Royal Deeside, Scotland (www.aabox472.webs.com) it will not be long before the UK is void of these pleasant reminders of days gone by.

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By: Kirk http://www.breakdowncover.org/aa/aa-call-boxes#comment-897 Kirk Sun, 06 Mar 2011 13:18:11 +0000 http://www.breakdowncover.org/?p=573#comment-897 On the program "Heart Beat"/ITV an AA box appears from time to time, the AA Box number is 493, is it just a prop or is it located somewhere? On the program “Heart Beat”/ITV an AA box appears from time to time, the AA Box number is 493, is it just a prop or is it located somewhere?

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By: Martin Quick http://www.breakdowncover.org/aa/aa-call-boxes#comment-896 Martin Quick Sun, 06 Mar 2011 13:17:02 +0000 http://www.breakdowncover.org/?p=573#comment-896 I am writing with details of two AA call boxes I have discovered recently. The first (which I have a picture of, but does not show its number) is located at Devils Bridge, 10 miles East of Aberystwyth on the A4120 at junction with the B4574. The second, box 137, on the A39 at the top of Porlock Hill, Nr Porlock, North Somerset. I hope you can add these to your list. I am writing with details of two AA call boxes I have discovered recently. The first (which I have a picture of, but does not show its number) is located at Devils Bridge, 10 miles East of Aberystwyth on the A4120 at junction with the B4574. The second, box 137, on the A39 at the top of Porlock Hill, Nr Porlock, North Somerset.

I hope you can add these to your list.

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By: M. J. Pope http://www.breakdowncover.org/aa/aa-call-boxes#comment-895 M. J. Pope Sun, 06 Mar 2011 13:15:37 +0000 http://www.breakdowncover.org/?p=573#comment-895 I am fairly confident that there used to be an AA box situated at the junction of the A513 Stafford - Rugeley Road and the A51 Rugeley - Stone Road the location being called Wolseley Bridges. This is 10 miles south of Stafford and the co-ordinates are SK021202. Can you confirm that this is correct and if so do you have a photograph please. Do you also know where I could purchase an old AA box - I would like to reinstate it in its correct position. I am fairly confident that there used to be an AA box
situated at the junction of the A513 Stafford – Rugeley Road and the A51 Rugeley – Stone Road the location being called Wolseley Bridges.

This is 10 miles south of Stafford and the co-ordinates are SK021202.
Can you confirm that this is correct and if so do you have a photograph please.

Do you also know where I could purchase an old AA
box – I would like to reinstate it in its correct position.

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