Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Bleadon, Brean, Buckland St Mary, Long Sutton

Some more places that I mostly haven't covered before, starting with two postcards from Bleadon, one from 1909 and the other 1930 (apparently using the same handstamp).

This next item is from Brean, under Burnham-on-Sea, in 1958.

This postcard from Buckland St Mary in 1910 is written in a simple substitution code.

Finally a postcard from Long Sutton, with the year in the cancel unreadable.  I have posted an item from Long Sutton before, here, with a self-inking datestamp.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Wootton Courtenay, Worle, Wraxall

Wootton Courtenay post office was originally under Dunster RSO before transferring to Taunton in 1895. From November 1909 to June 1911 it was under Dunster again before returning to Taunton.  In 1932 it transferred to Minehead. 

These two sheets have postcards from Wootton Courtenay in 1906 and 1907.  They both have Dunster squared circle cancels which could mean that they were under Dunster at that time (at least the post went via Dunster - the accounts may have been held at Taunton).

Worle was originally in the Cross Penny Post before coming under Wells in 1845.  By 1854 it came under Weston-super-Mare, becoming a town sub-office (TSO) in 1946.  The postcard below has a skeleton cancel from August 1915.

Wraxall was in the Bristol Fifth Clause post before converting to the Penny Post.  It came under Nailsea railway sub-office from 1881 to 1895.  The post office closed in 1976 (the map on the first sheet below shows a possible location for the post office).  The postcard below has a "WRAXALL" single ring cancel from 1905.

The postcard below has a "WRAXALL / BRISTOL" 'Dulwich' cancel from 1974, with a commemorative cancel below also from 1974.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Winford, Woodborough, Winscombe, Star (Winscombe)

Winford post office came under Bristol apart from a period between 1860 and 1895 when it came under Flax Bourton RSO.   The two items below have "WINFORD / BRISTOL" double circle double-arc ('Dulwich') cancels, from 1965 and 1974. 

Woodborough was originally under Weston-super-Mare before becoming a Railway Sub-Office in 1873.  It was replaced by 'Winscombe RSO' in June 1895.  The item below has a "WOODBOROUGH / SOM." single ring cancel from April 1895, just before the post office was replaced.

Winscombe was a Railway Sub-Office from 1895, taking over from Woodborough, and then became an independant Sub Office or Post Town in 1905.  The item below has a "WINSCOMBE / +" double circle double-arc cancel from 1900.

The items below have "WINSCOMBE / SOMERSET" 'Dulwich' cancels from 1931 and 1967.

Two commemorative cancels have featured Star, Winscombe (Star is a mile ENE of Winscombe) in 1986 and 1996.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Westhay, Weston Zoyland

Westhay post office was originally under Bridgwater until it transferred to Glastonbury in 1941.  The psot office closed in 2010.  The two items below are from 1971 and 1986.

Weston Zoyland post office was under Bridgwater until it closed in 2005.  The first item below from 1906 has a single ring cancel ...

... while the next items all have 'Dulwich' double circle double-arc cancels (because of the length of "WESTON ZOYLAND" the arcs are rather small !).

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Ubley, Walton-in-Gordano, Wembdon

Ubley post office came under Bristol until it closed some time between 1977 and 1983.  The sheets below illustrate cancels from 1921, 1942, 1950 (a skeleton) and 1971.

 Walton-in-Gordano post office originally came under Bristol before transferring to Clevedon in 1861.  The post office closed in 1992.  The registered envelope below is from 1973.

Wembdon post office  became a Town Sub-Office (TSO) of Bridgwater in 1916.  The postcard below is from 1905 when it was still a rural office under Bridgwater.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Tickenham, Tintinhull, Totterdown

Tickenham post office was originally open in 1849 but then closed in 1860.  It was reopened in 1930 under Bristol before transferring to Clevedon in 1935.  This first sheet has two different single ring cancels from 1973 and 2000.

Tickenham also featured on a special Occasions cancel in 2003.

The postcard below has a "TINTINHULL/ MARTOCK" single ring cancel from 1918.

Totterdown is just one mile south of the centre of Bristol but is just south of the River Avon so I include it as "Somerset".  It appears to have changed postal district between the two items below; in 1947 the registered cover has "TOTTERDOWN BRISTOL 4" single ring cancels while in 1978 the certificate of posting has a "TOTTERDOWN BRISTOL 3" handstamp.

The certificate of posting from 1997 has a "TOTTERDOWN BRISTOL" self-inking datestamp.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Stoke St Gregory, Stoke-under-Ham -> Stoke-sub-Hamdon

Stoke St Gregory post office was under Taunton - the envelope below has a partial "STOKE ST. GREGORY / TAUNTON.SOM" 'Dulwich' double circle double-arc cancel from 1973.

Stoke-under-Ham was originally 'Stoke' though by 1855 it was referred to as Stoke-under-Ham.  In 1957 it was renamed 'Stoke-sub-Hamdon'.  These first covers have "STOKE-UNDER-HAM / J19" 3-bar vertical oval duplex cancels (3VOD) from 1904, 1906 and 1907.

The next covers are from after it was renamed Stoke-sub-Hamdon and have double circle double thin arc 'Birmingham' cancels from 1958, 1964 and sometime between 1968 and 1971.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Simonsbath, South Chard, Stanton Drew, Stoford

Simonsbath was originally under Taunton before transferring to South Molton, Devon by 1858.  It then transferred to Barnstaple in 1924 before transferring to Minehead in 1932.  The post office closed in 1999.  The postcard below is from the period when it came under South Molton.

Here are a couple of items from South Chard showing 'Dulwich' marks from 1975 and 1979.

More 'Dulwich' marks from Stanton Drew in 1974.

The postcard below has a "STOFORD / YEOVIL" single ring cancel from 1918.  Stoford post office was replaced by Barwick post office around 1977.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018


Sandford is 3 miles south of Congresbury.  Congresbury RSO was its post town until Sandford transferred to Bristol in 1895.  The post office closed in 1998.  The registered cover below has a violet "SANDFORD / BRISTOL" Climax rubber cancel from 1903.

Sandford had a "SANDFORD / BRISTOL" 24mm single ring cancel , with examples below from 1912, 1916 and 1918.

Sandford had two 'Dulwich' double circle double-arc cancels, this first example with longer arcs is from 1927.

The two examples below from 1958 and 1976 has shorter arcs.

The "SANDFORD / BRISTOL" single ring cancel below is from 1974.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Portishead Sub-Offices: Port Marine, Redcliff Bay, West Hill

This post is on the subject of Portishead sub-offices, but first here are some postcards with views of Portishead.

Portishead has had three sub-offices; Port Marine opened in 2012.  The certificate of posting below has a Port Marine self-inking datestamp (SID) from 2013.

The Redcliff Bay sub-office opened in 1930 and closed in 2005.  The registered cover below is to Canada in 1937.

The certificate of posting below has a Redcliff Bay Portishead SID from 2002.

The West Hill sub-office opened in 1900 and closed in 1916.  It reopened in 1929 and closed in 2005.  The parcel post below has a West Hill Portishead Bristol double circle double-arc ('Dulwich') handstamp from 1964.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Peasedown St John, Pill

Peasedown St John six miles SSW of Bath had four skeleton cancels between November 1910 and April 1912.  These next two sheets have examples of the second skeleton, known used from August to October 1911.

The next sheet has an example of the skeleton known used in the middle of November 1911.

In 1984 Pill had a commemorative cancel for the U.K.P.A., the UK Pilots' Association, now known the UK Maritime Pilots' Association.