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There is a Lucy box along the Avenue, near the Cowherds. What are they?

There is a Lucy box along the Avenue, near to the Cowherds. This is a cast iron box, decorated with the city’s coat of arms. They are found on pavements throughout the city. These boxes were originally used in connection with the tram network and then with the trolley bus network; and as part of the general electricity supply network; and for telephone purposes. More below!
I Spy Lucy Boxes
A note by Frank Sharman, Bev Parker and Duncan Nimmo with help from John Hughes, Sue Whitehouse, Ros Doran, Neville Baker, Phillip Hornby, Phillip Horton, David Plant, Keith Nutter, Henry Brown, Keith Pople and Alec Hamilton.