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A Fine Pair # 1521 ~ Malton - Railway Street Multi-cache

Hidden : 12/12/2020
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Geocache Description:

A Fine Pair ~ Malton - Railway Street


Number 1521 in a series of caches where a red telephone box is in close proximity to a post box.

The rules are that they have to be able to be photographed together, be not more than 100’ apart and the phone boxes have to be red.



Telephone kiosk. Grade II listed (05/04/1993) Type K6. Designed in 1935 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Made by the Lion Foundry. Cast-iron. Square kiosk with domed roof. Unperforated crowns to top panels and margin glazing to windows and door.

ER II Pillar Box



ER II Post Box and Grade II listed red K6 telephone kiosk Railway Street.


It is possible that the telephone may have been in use for about ten years before the telephone exchange in Malton was actually opened.

c.1890 the National Telephone Company began laying the trunk line from York to Scarborough. However, the Earl Fitzwilliam would not allow the wires to cross the town.

Mr. Page, a corn merchant of York, spoke at the annual dinner of the Malton Farmers' Club about how the town and district were suffering from the want of telephonic communication.  He argued that Earl Fitzwilliam should not be allowed that much power over Malton as to cripple its trade.

A telephone exchange and call office eventually opened in Malton on 25th March 1903 looping in to the York - Scarborough trunk line. The exchange offered a service during the week from 5am to 10pm, Sundays  6am to 10am and again 5.15pm to 7.30pm. Direct dialling was not available. Rental of a line was very expensive with few, if any individuals being able to afford it. The call office at the Post Office gave residents the opportunity to try the service. 


Post Office Telephone Directory 1903. Malton


This directory shows a significant correlation between the listing and the prominent landowners and businessmen of the time.  Some you will recognise as still being in the Telephone Directory of today!




To solve the multi-cache you need to gather the following information.

At the post box:

Last collection Monday to Friday                        A.00 AM

A later collection is made                                  B:00 PM 

The latest collection is made                             C:DE PM

Last collection Saturday                                     F:00 AM

Look at the post box unique numbers.




Cache can be found at:

N54° 08. EFA

W000° 47. (D + G) (F) (G)



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Decryption Key


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