Sunday, 9 May 2021

Dunster to Stogumber February 1828

 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.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Red Mark UDC, 1850 with multiple coloured handstamps on its journey

 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

"BATH / 1" Traveller-type Skeleton 1845

 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

Halfpenny Scottish Wheel Tax on Entire from Frome to Edinburgh in 1833.

 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  In 1813 this exemption was repealed in Scotland (though not England), and in compensation the Post Office was allowed to charge an additional halfpenny on mail carried in a coach with more than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

Chard 1841 Guardians of the Chard Union

 Here is an envelope sent within Chard in 1841 to the Overseer of the Chard Parish with a nice seal of  The Guardians of the Chard Union in the Counties of Somerset Dorset & Devon.

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Wells letter send Free to Chard 1826 with apparent Franking abuse

 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

Pill entire, October 1840, with Unboxed "No.7" Receiving House Handstamp

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

Bath pre-printed postcard 1874 "if spared"

 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

Blue "No.10" in the Bath Penny Post, 1836

 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.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Bristol Bottle Works, 1831 & 1847

 Below are two invoices from Bristol bottle works in Temple Gate, Bristol, from 1831 and 1847.