GREEN TELEPHONE BOX, Fangdale Beck, Bilsdale, North Yorkshire. (See comments box for story).

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Roy Pledger on December 30, 2011

This green telephone box, which was at the centre of controversy in 1993, is situated on the North York Moors near Helmsley, North Yorkshire. In 1935, local landowner, The Earl of Faversham, ordered that the red telephone box at Fangdale Beck in Bilsdale be painted green to fit in with the rural backdrop of this very picturesque area. This particular box was designated a Grade11 listed building in 1990, not to be touched without express planning, because of its historical and architectural interest. In 1993 the box was severely vandalised and British Telecom replaced it with what was described by a local resident as ‘a shower cubicle’. B.T claimed that they had had no alternative but to replace the old box with a modern kiosk to maintain its service. Not so said Northallerton Magistrates’ when they fined B.T £3,000 with £750 costs, for flouting planning and conservation laws. The original telephone box was replaced by an identical model – painted green.

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    by Roy Pledger

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