Sunday, 19 February 2017

Alphabetic Tour - T - U

We start this batch with Templecombe RSO - Templecombe became an RSO on 3rd October 1904 and stopped being one on 1st August 1905 (when the Post Office stopped using the terminology).  Here is a Templecombe RSO cancel

... next is Thurloxton, from 1905.

... followed by a Parcel Post label from 1979 (while Bath was in the country of Avon).

... Uphill, from 1932, with a picture that perhaps show why it was called Uphill.

... and finally Upton, from 1907 (rubber Climax cancel) and 1980 (double circle).
from 12th May 1905.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Alphabetic Tour - S

Starting with St Audries, which had a seasonal April-September Post Office, here are items from 1953 and 1963.

Then we move on to Sampford Brett, with items from 1921, 1926 and 1960.

This last item from  Sampford Brett in 1960 is addressed to The Rector, with an image from the postcard above which shows The Rectory.

... Shapwick, in 1905

... Shepton Beauchamp, in 1912 and 1929

... and finally Street S.O. from 1910 and 1914.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Alphabetic Tour M - R

Moving on to Mark Causeway, here are a single circle cancel from 1917 and a double circle one from 1947.

... Misterton, from 1909.

... Montactute, single circle cancels from 1905 and 1906 ...

... and a double circle one from 1982

... North Newton, single circle cancels from 1910 and 1915 - the apparent slight difference in sizes may just be the spread of the ink.

... and finally Roadwater, firstly single circle cancels from 1905 and 1906

... double circle cancel from 1920, under Taunton
 ... and another double circle example under Taunton from 1924

... and finally a  double circle example under Watchet from 1980.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Alphabetic Tour H - L

Next on the Tour is Hambridge, from 1906.

... Hardington Mandeville, from 1917.

... Ilton from 1931.

... Kingsbury Episcopi, from 1905 and 1926.

... Kingston St. Mary, from 1981.  I have previously shown UDCs from Kingston, before it became Kingston St. Mary in 1952.

... Luccombe, from 1980.

... and Luxborough, also from 1980

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Alphabetic Tour D - G

Next one on the Tour is Dunball from 1909.

Here we get to East Lambrook, with a Climax rubber cancel from 1915.

Filton RAF P.O. is known to have been open from 1944 to 1946.

Just for a change, for Galmington here is a Road Tax disc from 1985 and a Certificate of Posting from 1987.

This PAID meter mark from Clark, Son & Morland was sent from Glastonbury to Canada in 1943.

... Greenham from 1980 and 1984

And finally Gurney Slade from 1914.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Alphabetical Tour - C

Continuing the alphabetic tour of recent acquisitions, the letter C starts with Castle Cary.  First here is a "CASTLE CARY R.S.O. / SOMERSET" cancel from 1907, after the RSO terminology stopped being used by the Post Office in 1905.

I already showed this next item a few weeks ago but I thought it worth repeating in the light of the item above - a "CASTLE CARY   S.O. / SOMERSET" from 1921, after Castle Cary stopped being a S.O. and had come back under Bath in 1920.

This item has a "MOBILE POST OFFICE No. 3" cancel from August 1962 - the Mobile Post Office was at the Chard Agricultural Show.  Note that the Registration Etiquette was blank, being made up by the same Mobile Post Office cancel.

... Combe Florey, first a single ring cancel from 1928

... then a "COMBE FLOREY / TAUNTON SOMERSET" double circle cancel from 1980.

... Corfe from 1905 and 1979

... Crewkerne from 1847 & 1848, with nice examples of the double arc handstamp in blue

... and finally Croscombe from 1911.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Alphabetical Tour of Recent Acquisitions - A - B

Having reached over 600 posts, the next batch of posts are an alphabetical tour through Somerset, not chosen with any particular theme or purpose, but because I have been writing up new items from a collection that I acquired about 6 months ago.

In my early days of collecting Somerset postal history I wanted a catalogue (coming from collecting stamps that was the obvious way to proceed).  The British County Catalogue covered the early handstamps but it was a little while before I found Ken Smith's post office lists (now available online here).  Together with a copy of "Postal Addresses, 1972" from the GPO I constructed a spreadsheet to log my "capture" of the different post offices.

I have got just over 600 different offices in this spreadsheet, of which I have examples of only about 360 (60%).  This total of 600 is a significant underestimate as I don't currently distinguish between an office that has had multiple different head offices (for example Ashbrittle came under Wellington and under Taunton) - the true total to shoot for is probably close to 1000 just counting the post offices, never mind the different types of cancel that each has had over time.

Anyway, on to my Alphabetical Tour of Recent Acquisitions - which starts with Ashbrittle from 1910 (under Wellington).

... Barrington from 1924 ("Will write again Monday; there is no collection of letters here tomorrow (Sunday)".

... Barrow Gurney, a Climax Rubber cancel from 1907.

... Bason Bridge from 1939

... Bridgetown, a postcard from 1935 and a philatelic registered cover from 1980

... Burlescombe in Devon from 1926

... and finally Burrowbridge (originally Boroughbridge) from 1922.