Here is a wrapper sent from Clifton to Highworth (7 miles north-east of Swindon) in 1823. The wrapper is marked "Oxford Mail" to direct the postal route.
Wednesday, 3 March 2021
Sunday, 28 February 2021
After the first handstamp recorded for Crewkerne (“CROOK / HORNE”, in the 1990 edition of the British County Catalogue as “CROOK / HORN”, known in use from 1733 to 1783) are three handstamps in the BCC, all “CREWK / ERN” rarity Z, only known in archives.
SO 379 “CREWK / ERN”, 29x12mm, used in 1740, rarity Z
SO 382 “CREWK / ERN”, 27x13mm, used in 1740, rarity Z
SO 385 “CREWK / ERN”, 26x12mm, used 1759-1761, rarity Z
I've recently acquired an entire dated 23rd June 1766 which has a faint “CREWK / ERN” handstamp on the reverse. I've measured it at 27x13mm so it could match SO 382, the middle of the three above.
I'd really like to check the handstamp with the one identified in the British County Catalogue - when the lockdown is over I'm planning on visiting the Somerset Records Office to see if that is where the Crewkerne "found in archives" handstamps come from.
Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Sunday, 21 February 2021
Wednesday, 17 February 2021
Sunday, 14 February 2021
Below is a Parcels certificate of posting for which Enhanced Compensation for up to £100 has been paid (by four 10p stamps on the reverse). The certificate is cancelled with a "CHESTNUT TERRACE BURNHAM ON SEA / SOMT" single ring handstamp dated December 2002.
Wednesday, 10 February 2021
Here is another Coaching Flyer/Receipt, this time from the Bell & Crown Inn, Holborn.
There are two coaches going into/through Somerset - The Hero and The Traveller. The receipt includes charges of 1/4d Carriage plus 8d Porterage.
Note that there was an additional charge for the carriage of valuables, varying by value and by distance travelled.
Sunday, 7 February 2021
Perfins were used by companies to prevent pilferage of their postage stamps - it used to be possible to exchange postage stamps for cash at a Post Office. Below is an example of the "W/G" perfin, used by the Western Gazette Co. Ltd, Yeovil on a windowed commercial cover in October 1941.
Wednesday, 3 February 2021
Sunday, 31 January 2021
Auctioneers required Licences from 1845 to 1949. Below is an example of a Licence issued by Customs and Excise in Bath in 1911.