The building, often overlooked by passersby today, was constructed over 150 years before The Mailbox even existed, in a damp, slum area of the city known as the Froggery
that was rife with crime and squalour.
And who named the frightening Devil's Tooth Hollow Yard and the Froggery
, redolent as it is with thoughts of frogs jumping?
Each piece carried an English view or landmark of interest and a green frog was used as the crest for each piece since the service would eventually be used by the empress in her palace of 'La Grenouillere (or 'the froggery
In the 'Froggery
', where they lived, a damp low-lying area, swept away when New Street Station was constructed in the 19th century, they were able to create a synagogue.
Similarly the railways had their problems, with loaded trains having difficulty in reaching Snow Hill station (built on a hill with road access from all four sides) and conversely with loaded trains having difficulty in getting away from the two stationsbuilt in the "Froggery
" (with one road between them) now called New Street Station, built over and rated as an underground station.