Wednesday, 21 February 2018

"Royal Mail / BA, BS, GL, TA / Mail Centre" Inkjet cancel ... and others

The Royal Mail centre near Filton, Gloucestershire processes mail from the Bath, Bristol, Gloucester and Taunton areas, using a single "Royal Mail / BA, BS, GL, TA / Mail Centre" inkjet cancel that does not indicate where the mail came from.

So here is an example from Bath (from a well-known stamp dealer with his address label on the reverse):

This next sheet has two more examples of exactly the same "Royal Mail / BA, BS, GL, TA" cancel, but this time the first is from Easton-in-Gordano so is in my collecting area of Somerset and the second was posted in Cheltenham so is not.
The third cover above just has 7 wavy lines (nothing indicating where or when it was posted) ... and happens to have been posted in Cirencester - so not in my collecting area but should have received the same "BA, BS, GL, TA" cancel.

The two covers below were posted in Bath and were received on the same day, the first with multiple strikes of the hand canceller issued to all postmen and the second with the same 7-wavy line cancel as on the bottom cover shown above.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Bristol Mulready - Stamp Office

A brief diversion to Bristol (maybe a foretaste of things to come) with a pre-printed Mulready letter sheet from Bristol to Tetbury from the Bristol Stamp Office in June 1842.  The Mulready has a black maltese cross and a characteristically vermilion double-arc back-stamp.

The reverse of the Mulready from the Bristol Stamp Office saying "Three of the Sovereigns were deficient in weight.  I have taken them at the value allowed by the Bk. of England "2-19-4".

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

A few Bath 20th century items

In the middle of 1909 Bath held a historical pageant over five days.  Here is an unused postcard showing a decorated tram car.

This next item is an envelope sent Express Delivery from Bath to Nottinghamshire in November 1941.  The Express Delivery cost an extra 6d per mile, the express delivery being from the destination post office to the delivery address.

Here are a couple of parcel post paid labels dated February 1954.

An envelope with a "BATH / AVON" cancel from February 1979.  The county of Avon was in existence from 1974 to 1996.

And finally a piece with a Bath Delivery Office cancel from September 2016.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

A few Bath 19th century items

A random selection of Bath items from the 19th century, starting with an entire from Bath to London, that was then reposted to Lancaster.  The initial postage from Bath was 7d, and the reposted entire to Lancaster was another 8d.

This next entire is from February 1840, after the introduction of the uniform penny post in January 1840 but before the introduction of postage stamps in May 1840.  The letter has been prepaid so only cost 1d.

This item from September 1858 is from the Belevedere region of Bath (later called Belvidere) to Edinburgh, with a straight line "BELVEDERE" handstamp (known used 1850 to 1852).

And finally some printed matter from London to Bath in January 1858 with a Bath single arc handstamp as a receiving mark.


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Yeovil penny local delivery charge in 1807

The entire shown below was sent free on 9th January 1807 to Yeovil and has a "1d" local delivery charge on the reverse.  While postage in the General Post may have been free, such entires were still liable to the Penny Post and to local delivery charges.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

West Pennard with Railway Connections

Here are two covers from December 1930 with West Pennard cancels, both with railway connections.  The first has a seal on the reverse for "The Southern Railway Company" while the second is a Notice of Arrival of Merchandise from the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway.


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Queens Cross, Wells

Queens Cross was a town sub-office of Wells for a short period from February 1893 to October 1897.  It was situated at 1 Priory Road and was replaced by an office in Broad Street.

The registered envelope below has a partial Queens Cross handstamp dated June 1897, about 3 months before the office moved to Broad Street.