From January 1828, primarily because of a new turnpike road between Taunton and Minehead, the Taunton Penny Posts were reorganised. The entire below from Dunster to Stogumber dated February 1828 is from a period of transition for Stogumber. It is not clear from the markings on the entire what the letter was charged not its precise route.
Sunday, 9 May 2021
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
The wrapper below is from Mark with a red "MARK" undated circular handstamp (UDC), sent in 1850 to Yeovil. A number of different coloured handstamps have been applied on its journey !
Sunday, 2 May 2021
Here is an example of a "BATH / 1" traveller-type skeleton dated 21st July 1845, which is the first known date of usage.
The contents are a printed letter from Townsend, Parker & Townsend of London who sold high quality wallpaper.
Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Mail transport had been exempt from road tolls from 1785 (road tolls arose on turnpike roads which had been privately built in order to recover costs and fund repairs). In 1813 this exemption was repealed in Scotland (though not England), and in compensation the Post Office was allowed to charge an additional halfpenny on mail carried in a coach with more than two wheels in Scotland.
The entire below has an example of an "Addl / 1/2" handstamp applied.
Sunday, 25 April 2021
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
The entire below is from one solicitor, Mr Parfitt of Wells, to another, Mr Clarke of Chard and has been sent Free, which would appear to be an example of Franking abuse.
Sunday, 18 April 2021
The entire below was written by the captain on board ship on "Sunday morning Oct 4th off Lundy" and would have been posted in Pill by the pilot on 8th October 1840. It was not paid in advance so incurred 2d postage due.
The receiving house in Pill had a boxed "No.7" receiving house handstamp from 1834, and was given the unboxed handstamp in 1840.
Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Here is an example of a pre-printed halfpenny postal stationery card used from Bath in 1874 filled in with a somewhat pessimistic message. The postcard was asking for support for Sir Peter Spokes in an election to Director of the National Provident Institution. The respondent has filled in "I shall if spared have pleasure in Voting for Sir Peter Spokes ...".
Sunday, 11 April 2021
The entire below was sent from "Combe Down near Bath" to Stafford in November 1836, and received a blue "No.10" receivin house handstamp. The "No.10" receiving house handstamp is known in use at Widcombe, about a mile north of Combe Down, from 1829, and was previously only known used in blue in 1844.