Sunday, 22 April 2018

Carhampton,Catsham, Charlton Horethorne, Charlton Mackrell

This first registered cover has "CARHAMPTON / MINEHEAD SOMERSET" double circle cancels but unfortunately the year is unreadable. However, because the envelope is franked 8½d, it must be from the period from 1st May 1952 to 31st May 1956 when the miniumum registration fee was 6d and the postal rate was 2½d.

This next cover has a commemorative cancel for Catsham in 1995 (there was no post office at Catsham).

Charlton Horethorne is in Somerset but comes under Sherborne in Dorset.

The cover below is from Charlton Mackrell in December 1908 and is cancelled "CHARLTON MACKRELL / SOMERTON.S.O.SOM".  The office had transferred to Taunton in November 1907 but did not receive a "CHARLTON MACKRELL / TAUNTON" handstamp until October 1921.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Blagdon under Bristol, Blagdon Hill (Blagdon under Taunton)

Confusingly there used to be two different post offices in Somerset called 'Blagdon', one under Bristol and one under Taunton.  The one under Taunton was renamed 'Blagdon Hill' in 1902.

All of these examples are from Blagdon under Bristol, except for the last which is from Blagdon Hill (under Taunton).  The first example is a cover sent from Blagdon to Shaftesbury with a "BLAGDON.SOMT" single ring from May 1865.  One can tell it is from the Blagdon under Bristol because the cover goes via Bristol.

By 1908 the handstamps read "BLAGDON / BRISTOL".

The top cover below was addressed to 'Nr Blagdon, Taunton' in 1921 but was missent to Blagdon under Bristol.

By 1967 Blagdon had a 'Dulwich' handstamp (a double circle double-arc "BLAGDON /BRISTOL" handstamp).

Below is an example of the Blagdon parcel post facsimile handstamp, dated 1974.

This last example shows single ring handstamps for "BLAGDON HILL / TAUNTON" from 1906 and 1908, both from after when the Blagdon under Taunton was renamed in 1902.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Bishop Sutton, Bishopsworth, Bishopsworth Road

This postcard sent from Bishop Sutton in 1906 has the message written in mirror-script.

This next sheet has two further different types of handstamp, a 'Dulwich' double circle double-arc handstamp from 1991, and a self-inking datestamp (SID) from 2006.

In this next sheet are two different handstamps from Bishopsworth, a single ring from 1949 and SIDs from 1997 and 1999.

The Bishopsworth Road post office was slightly closer to the centre of Bristol.  The Proof of Posting below has a SID from 1997, from before the post office closed in 2003.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Backwell, Batcombe, Bishop's Hull

Carrying on, here are a few sheets for Backwell under Bristol, which replaced the 'West Town' post office which was half-a-mile to its west in 1951.  The first cover is from July 1951 and has "BACKWELL / BRISTOL" skeleton cancels and is still using West Town registration etiquettes.

In this cover from 1974, two different handstamps from Backwell are in evidence.

By the late 1990s Backwell was using self-inking datestamps (SIDs).

The cover below was posted in Batcombe in 1906.  The sender has put the correct one penny postage on the postcard, as because it has glitter on the front it would be classed as a letter.

 The postcard below was sent from Bishop's Hull by T.W. Cowan in 1907.  He was known as the father of British bee-keeping.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Allerford, Ashton Gate

I've started going through my covers looking for places that I haven't covered yet, so these first sheets come from the "A"s - starting with a couple of sheets come from Allerford, the first with two postcards, from 1911 and from 1931, both with "ALLERFORD" single ring cancels.

By 1960 Allerford had a double circle "ALLERFORD / MINEHEAD SOMERSET" cancel.

This last item is a Prisoner of War postcard from  Camp No.124, which was at Ashton Gate, Bedminster, sent in November 1946.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Keynsham 'Wessex' cancel

Before the issue of barred numeral cancels, approximately 40 towns in south-west England used their circular date stamps for cancelling adhesive stamps rather than Maltese Cross cancels, the majority known being used during 1842. These are commonly referred to as the “Wessex” cancellations because of the region from which most of them originate.

Here is an example of one, possibly inadvertant,  from Keynsham in November 1841.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Ilchester and Ilminster Barred Numeral cancels

Both Ilchester and Ilminster were issued with barred numeral cancels in April 1844 for use from 1st May onwards.  Here are a couple of examples of the Ilchester "399" horizontal oval cancel, used in February 1845 and December 1847.

In March 1884 Ilchester was issued with a 3-bar duplex cancel.

Ilminster was issued with a second 3-bar horizontal oval cancel in January 1857.  This second cancel has smaller numerals than the first one issued.  Here are examples of the original 1844-type cancel and the second 3HOS cancel, from May 1856 and August 1859 respectively.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Westhay, West Pennard, Weston-super-Mare, Wincanton and Middle Street, Yeovil

Finally, to finish off the pile of material that has accumulated in recent months, here are a number of items late in the alphabet starting with a Certificate of Posting from Westhay in 1986.

Next is a telegram to Mr Allen (of cider fame) with a "WEST PENNARD / GLASTONBURY.SOMERSET" double circle double-arc handstamp dated July 1930.

The registered envelope below is from Weston-super-Mare in August 1915 to Japan and has the manuscript annotation "Via Siberia if available or america".

Here is a Wincanton Parcel Post Label dated July 1912.

And finally a registered letter from Middle Street, Yeovil in 1922 with a Yeovil registration etiquette manually filled in with sub-office "1".

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Wells Misc 2

Continuing with Wells, this time with more modern items, here is a Post Office Return envelope with a "WELLS / SOMERSET" soft packet cancel dated June 1982.

The City of Wells Philatelic Society celebrated its fourtieth anniversary in 2005 with special envelopes and an anniversary dinner.

And finally here is a City of Wells meter mark from 2015.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Wells Misc 1

This is the first of a couple of miscellaneous posts on Wells, starting with a nice straight line cancel from 1767.

Next is a Parcel Post Label with "WELLS.SOMERSET / M.O & S.B" cancels dated October 1897 and a triangular "WEJ" handstamp.

A bit of ephemera - an invoice dated 1898 from the New Rock Coal Company which had a depot at the Somerset & Dorset railway station at Wells.

Next a registered envelope to the USA also with "WELLS.SOMERSET / M.O & S.B" cancels, dated January 1904.

And finally a postcard sent at Christmas 1909, with material stuck on the front making it liable to the letter rate, with a "1D / 864" handstamp and a framed "Liable to Letter Rate / 864" cachet.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Taunton: Too Late and Refused

A pair of covers, the first from 1st January 1840 in the 4d uniform postage period with a Taunton "TOO LATE" handstamp (indicating that the letter missed the post).

The second item is a returned postal packet from 1975 with 11p postage due, with an "UNDELIVERED FOR REASON STATED" cachet with manuscript "Refused".  It is likely that the enclosed letter had been sent unfranked.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Post Office Numbers - Axbridge "994" 3HOS, Shepton Mallet "701" triangle, Somerton "720" 3HOS

A trio of items employing their towns' post office numbers, starting with an Axbridge "994" 3-bar horizontal oval cancel used in July 1859.  This 3HOS is known used from January 1858 to March 1863 and was not registered in the Steel Impression Book.

This next item is Printed Matter from Shepton Mallet with a Shepton Mallet "701" triangle cancel.  The contents are the programme of events for the Mid-Somerset Young Farmers' Club in October 1953.

And finally here are two envelopes with Somerton "720" horizontal oval cancels, sent in September 1856 and September 1863.

Sunday, 11 March 2018


A spread of items from Glastonbury, starting with an entire to Yeovil in October 1844, with a Glastonbury "311" 1844-type horizontal oval cancel.  Glastonbury had three different horizontal oval cancels, this being an example of the first.

This next item from February 1919 has contents relating to Mr Allen's cider business and whether he could load cider withou paying the duty.

Finally here is a telegram from December 1943, also relating to Mr Allen's cider business (I suspect not the same Mr Allen) saying "Please send more cider".

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Cheddar, Clevedon, Cocklake registered envelopes

Here are a trio of registered covers, this first one being from Cheddar in March 1921.

This next registered envelope from Clevedon in October 1978 has also paid for Special Delivery.

The final registered letter is from Cocklake in July 1945.