Sunday, 24 June 2012

Sunday, 17 June 2012

The Somerset Coast ... down to Clevedon

Following on from Portishead, this set of cards depict the coast down to the Green Beach, south of Clevedon.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The Somerset Coast ... in Postcards and Postmarks

This and the following few posts illustrate the Somerset Coast in postcards, ideally with the appropriate postmarks too.  Firstly a map ...
 I've started with Avonmouth, not in Somerset, but the postcard is a fine photograph of the docks.
 Then starting in Somerset proper are a couple of cards from Portishead.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Castle Cary postal rate puzzle

I cannot understand the postal rate for the entire shown below.  The entire seems to have gone from Castle Cary to Shaftesbury by the Shaftesbury Fifth Clause Post yet is charged 5d (initial charge was 4d which was then crossed out and replaced by 5d).  The entire is a single sheet and does not appear to have any enclosures.
Why was it charged 5d ?
In contrast the entire here is charged 6d appropriately - 5d for 15-20 miles from Shaftesbury to Sherbourne plus 1d for the Fifth Clause Post (although strictly speaking the sender should have paid for the 5th Clause Post).

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Bristol Penny Posts (continued)

Here are the remainder of my very small stock of Bristol Penny Post Receiving Houses.  First Chew Magna with an unboxed "No.17":

Then Wrington with an unboxed "No.25" handstamp:

And finally Langford with a boxed "No.26" and an unboxed handstamp:
 

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Bristol Penny Posts (in Somerset)

As mentioned in my earlier post on Bristol, my reason for collecting Bristol material is the Penny Posts that were in Somerset.  I understand that the following Bristol Receiving Houses were in Somerset (corrections gratefully received !):

Receiving House Number
Boxed
Unboxed
Date Range
Assignment
7
1
1
1834 -
Pill
8
1

1815-1818
Bedminster
9
1

1818
Long Ashton
10
4
1
1826-37
Keynsham
11
3

1830-1843
Bedminster
12
1
1
1827-1842
Long Ashton
13
1

1823-1827
Pensford
13
2
2
1827 -
Brislington
14
2

1823-25
Templecloud
14
2

1827 -
Pensford
15
1

1823-1826
Old Down
15
1

1830-1839
Templecloud
16
1

1830-1838
Old Down
17

3
1836-1849
Chew Magna
22
1
2
1825 -
Flax Bourton
23
1
1
1826 -
Nailsea
24
1

1827
Cleeve
24
1
3
1828 -
Clevedon
25
1
5
1827 -
Wrington
26
1
2
1826-1850
Langford
27
1

1833-1836
Churchill
28
1

1826-1828
Weston-super-Mare
28

1
1838-1851
Abbots Leigh
34

2
1835-1840
St Georges
42
2

1829-1837
East Harptree
43
1

1830-1833
Chew Magna
45
1
1
1832 -
West Town
46
2

1830-1837
Walton
47
1?
1
1845 - ?
Tickenham ?
48
1

1829-1830
Oakhill
49
2
1
1835-1848
Cleeve
52

1
1837
Portbury
53
1
1
1830-43
Portishead
61

1
1834
Yatton
62

1
1837-45
Congresbury
64

1
1846
Winford
65

1
?
Ston Easton ?
67

3
1834-38
Lower Clevedon
68

1
1835-47
Easton-in-Gordano
69

1
1840
Stanton Drew

If the above is correct then there are some 40 different Receiving House numbers in the Somerset portion of the Bristol Penny Post, and some 77 different Receiving House handstamps - I'm just starting at this so I've only got 6 !  At least there is plenty of room to progress.

So firstly Keynsham with one example from before the use of Receiving House handstamps, and one with an unboxed "No.10":
 

And an example with a faint unboxed "No.13" from Brislington: