Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Gillingham in Dorset, UDC under Wincanton

This is another cover associated with Wincanton, bearing a "GILLINGHAM" undated circular handstamp that was issued in 1846 under Wincanton.

This is currently the earliest recorded example of this UDC.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Wincanton Penny Post ?

The sheet below has two covers from after the introduction of the Uniform Penny Post with Receiving House handstamps going through Wincanton. 

Oxley in his book "The English Provincial Local Posts" identifies Wincanton as having a Penny Post with a receiving house at Bourton in use by 1838.  The top cover below is from Bourton with an ornate "No.2" receiving house handstamp.  The lower cover is from Stalbridge with an unboxed "No.7" receiving house handstamp, which was in use at Stalbridge in the Shaftesbury Penny Post.  It appears from this cover that Stalbridge transferred from Shaftesbury to Wincanton by 1843.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Burnham Parcel Post

Below are two Parcel Post labels for Burnham (later Burnham-on-Sea).  The top one is of the first type of Parcel Post labels issued:  it is headed "PARCELS POST." rather than the later "PARCEL POST.". 

Both parcel post labels have interesting stamps, the top with a 6d on 6d lilac from 1883 and the second a 4½d green & deep bright carmine jubilee from 1887.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Wellington: "Your Correct Postal Address is ...."

The envelope below was addressed to "Gorbestone Manor", West Buckland, Wellington in 1949.  West Buckland is the village that is historically associated with Gorbestone Manor, but by 1949 the postal address had altered to Blackmoor as evidenced by this cover.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

"FROOME" free front in 1793

The free front below went from Frome to Seend near Devizes in May 1793.  This "FROOME" handstamp was only known used in 1793.

However the entire below from Frome to Bristol on 1st September 1795 has a degraded copy of the same handstamp (compared using scans).

The contents are an interesting begging letter from a Curate.