Wednesday, 12 December 2018

A new "BRIDG / WATER" handstamp from 1744

The entire below, acquired at Stampex in the Autumn, has a new two-line "BRIDG / WATER" handstamp used on 19th June 1744.  The handstamp measures 22 x 9 mm with 3½ mm lettering, compared to the one previously in use (known in use 1721-1739) which measures 23 x 10 mm with 4mm lettering.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Extended date for SO 623 "MINEHEAD"

The SO 623 "MINEHEAD" handstamp (40x4 mm) was previously only known used in 1800.  The second entire on the sheet below extends the known usage to September 1805.


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Bedminster

Bedminster is two miles south of Bristol, just the south side of the River Avon, so is in Somerset under my definition.  The Bristol Postal History Group's four volume book on the "Postal History of Bristol" currently identifies six single ring handstamps.  The sheet below has a further two different handstamps, a "BEDMINSTER BRISTOL" 23mm single ring used in February 1932, and a "BEDMINSTER . BRISTOL 3" 23mm single ring (without a dot before the "3") used in 1964.


Sunday, 2 December 2018

Duke ot Bridgewater

Not really to do with Somerset but here's a receipt from the Bridgewater Trust Collieries, issued to the Trustees of the late Duke of Bridgewater in 1898.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Extended date for SO 693 "SOMER / TON"

The Free Front below extends the known dates for the "SOMER / TON" handstamp (27x13 mm, SO 693) by two years to 1743-1784, the previously latest known date of usage being 1782.


Sunday, 25 November 2018

Boxed Mileage Marks - "WIVELSCOMBE / 175" & "YEOVIL / 123"


The last two boxed mileage marks ...  note the spelling of "WIVELSCOMBE", no "I" in the middle (this is how it is pronounced).

WIVELSCOMBE / 175” 1805-1829



YEOVIL / 123” 1801-1811






Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Boxed Mileage Marks - "WELLINGTON / 168", "WELLS - S / 129" (& "WELLS N / 122")


WELLINGTON / 168” 1804-1829



WELLS – S / 129” 1802-1808


Norfolk: “WELLS N / 122” 1804-1820

From Bill Barrell's website, a wrapper used in 1811.

The “other” Wells boxed mileage mark !