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Started by chriskingbees, Jun 26, 2009, 02:03 pm

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I really do hope it doesent get destroyed as the box could still be put to great use with the police and members of the public as well. Its such a lovely box and such a treat for us Doctor Who/Tardis fans. Honestly cant they leave anything alone these days without it getting tampered with or destroyed.


Feb 02, 2012, 05:03 am #46 Last Edit: Feb 03, 2012, 02:17 am by warmcanofcoke
Just uploaded a video to youtube: My Dad Saw the Earl's Court Box in 1998 - interior footage of the Police Box

also found a couple of other videos of the box on youtube
why doesn't the Guide mention them? - Oh, it's not very accurate.
Oh? - I'm researching the new edition.

Rassilons Rod

Hey that's a great video! I never thought to point my camera inside the glass when I took photos there! :)
In the cities in the streets there's a tension you can feel,
The breaking strain is fast approaching, guns and riots.
Politicians gamble and lie to save their skins,
And the press get fed the scapegoats,
Public Enema Number One.


Great visual reference... if only we had that kind of technology when the original Metropolitan boxes graced London's streets, least now if the box is removed, there'll still be reference of it's interior available.


I was there in June last year and took a few pictures through the window and it appears to be still exactly the same inside apart from a few bits of misc junk like some bags and a traffic cone.   Was actually quite a surprise to see that the inside reflected pretty much what a classic box was used for.


Not sure as regard the Earls Court box and indeed Met Police policy or procedure, but the Sheffield Police box actually contained some fairly restricted information which was hung on the walls, left on the desk etc just the same as the Earls Court box.

Now when I say this I don't mean for one minute that this information was critical to the well being of the nation, but it was certainly marked "Restricted" which means it was only for police eyes.

The major difference was that the Sheffield box cannot be viewed from outside ie through the windows. Wonder what all that paperwork relates to in the Earls Court box.....


I believe (hope) that reports of the Earls Court box's demise are exaggerated, as the old saying goes.

I passed through Earl's Court on my way to the Experience earlier today and I stopped by the box, taking a look around to see what notices were posted.  On one of the lampposts was a notice covering the conversion of one of the shop units, whilst there was a notice fixed to the railing concerning the current initiative to reduce/remove guard railings throughout the city (Piccadilly Circus is one significant example of this), I'm hoping this was the notice that Peter saw.


I am planning to build a model of this box (one day...honest!), and I've just found out I'm on a training course in London in August, so I thought I could pop along and try and get some photos of the top of the roof. 

Checking Google Maps for directions, I find that they've already done the roof, thanks to the height of the GoogleVan camera!

Earls Court Roof.jpg


Why did they blur our the one police Box sign and not the other?  Why bother with it since it's not a name of a company or anything.  Silly Google.
Bill "the Doctor" Rudloff


Jun 27, 2012, 06:13 pm #54 Last Edit: Jun 27, 2012, 06:16 pm by Scarfwearer
The blurring is not done by people, but by software that looks for things that look like they might be faces or license plates:

From the google website:
Individuals and licence plates are blurred

We have developed cutting-edge face and licence plate blurring technology that is applied to all Street View images. This means that if one of our images contains an identifiable face (for example, that of a passer-by on the pavement) or an identifiable licence plate, our technology will blur it automatically, meaning that the individual or the vehicle cannot be identified. If our detectors missed something, you can easily let us know.

Looks like one of the police box signs triggered a match, but not the other. :)

It sometimes blurs faces on bill boards as well, to protect their privacy... :D



Though you can ask to have your whole house removed, i did this because the picture showed the house when it was empty with a fridge in the front garden


It's like a spooky poignant time-capsule in some ways.  Several roads still show people shopping in Woolworths!


Current street view --


Street View URL:

Rassilons Rod

Does anyone know, was this also the site of an original box?
In the cities in the streets there's a tension you can feel,
The breaking strain is fast approaching, guns and riots.
Politicians gamble and lie to save their skins,
And the press get fed the scapegoats,
Public Enema Number One.


Sep 19, 2012, 10:55 am #59 Last Edit: Sep 19, 2012, 11:03 am by hb88banzai
Per The Met List, no Box was on that Site.

The closest appears to have been about 2000 feet away, down Earl's Court to Old Brompton Road and hang a right - outside the entrance to the West Brompton Underground Station instead of the Earl's Court Station.