I’ve lived in Anstruther now for over eight years and I still don’t know where all our local postboxes are. Now I do, thanks to Find My Nearest Postbox from Matthew Somerville.
Find My Nearest Postbox ‘mashes-up’ postbox data from the Royal Mail with map data from the OpenStreetMap project, presenting an immediate and visual guide. All that is missing is a Google StreetView style view to let you see exactly where the postbox is.
Why doesn’t the Royal Mail website have this facility? Their site tells you how much stamps are for each size and weight. It enables you to print stamps on your own computer. But it doesn’t it tell you where you may post your letters. Surely that’s one of the key touch-points for using the Royal Mail services. That’s not very user-centred.
Anyway, Matthew Somerville’s service couldn’t be simpler. Enter the postcode you want to explore and hit Enter. I wish I’d found this earlier.
He also has a mash-up of cash machine locations.