Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Boxed Mileage Marks - "MINEHEAD / 185"


MINEHEAD / 185” 1801-1807


The overall postal charge of 1/7d does not tie up with the published rates/distances. 10d is the rate to London, 1/2d is the overall rate onwards to Edinburgh (for 600-700 miles). The published mileage from Edinbugh to Kirkwall is 325¾ miles, so at an additional 1d for each 100 miles, that should only be an additional 4d (or 1/6d in total), not the 1/7d charged. Was this just an error by the postal clerk or was there an additional charge, 1d for the ferry to Kirkwall perhaps ?

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Boxed Mileage Marks - "MILVERTON / 169" & "MILVERTON / 172"


MILVERTON / 169” 1801

Discovered at the Spring Stampex 1990 and described in an article in the October 1990 S&DPHG Journal (Vol.3-2), the handstamp was illustrated but unfortunately not the complete cover.
The handstamp was used in 1801. As described in an article in the September 1994 S&DPHG Journal (Vol.3-10), at that time Milverton did not have an official office and mail from Wiveliscombe and Milverton would be brought into Wellington by one messenger. The Milverton mileage mark was to indicate to the Wellington postmaster how to apportion the fees between Milverton and Wiveliscombe (so there may be a missing “WIVELISCOMBE / 169” to find). The '169' mileage in the Milverton handstamp would be the mileage for Wellington, though when the Wellington mileage mark was issued it was for '168' miles.


MILVERTON / 172” 1805-1833


This second handstamp dates from after an official Receiving House was set up in Milverton, and the mileage from Wellington was 'calculated into the entire distance each letter will be conveyed' [Freeling Reports 25 July 1804].

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Boxed Mileage Marks - "ILMINSTER / 143" & "LANGPORT / 140"


Two more of the boxed mileage marks.

ILMINSTER / 143” 1801-1821


LANGPORT / 140” 1805-1846




Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Boxed Mileage Marks - "DULVERTON / 187" & "ILCHESTER / 130"


DULVERTON / 187” 1801-1816


This entire was sent free to the Honourable Hugh Clifford, eldest son of Charles Clifford, 6th baron Clifford of Chudleigh, by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, MP for Devon, who has franked it.

Unfortunately I do not have a copy of either Frome mileage mark.

ILCHESTER / 130” 1803-1807


This entire is from the year before the earliest example previously known.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Boxed Mileage Marks - "BRUTON / 142"


BRUTON / 142” 1802-1809


Bruton and Castle Cary were Post Towns until the introduction of the Fifth Clause Posts from Shaftesbury (later from Wincanton) and Shepton Mallet in 1823.

Unfortunately I do not have an example of the “CASTLE-CAREY / 145” mark.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Boxed Mileage Marks - "BATH / 109" & "BRIDGEWATER / 150"

In 1784 the Post Office introduced handstamps with the mileage to London on them, to aid post office clerks in determining the postal charges. These handstamps had a limited life as the mileage to London changed as the postal routes altered and after about five years the Post Office stopped issuing them.
By the end of the 18th century the Postmaster General had instructed John Cary, a map-maker, to prepare a survey of all the principal roads in the country under the supervision of the Superintendent of Mail Coaches. This was used in the issue of the second series of boxed mileage stamps from 1801.

Cat No Type Handstamp Comments Size (mm) Colour Dates Rarity
SO 17
29
AXBRIDGE / 141
36x10
Black
1804
C
80
29
BATH / 109
19x10
Black
1801-04
E
224
29
BRIDGEWATER / 150
52x12
Black
1802-11
D
299
29
BRUTON / 142
25x10
Black
1802-09
D
320
29
CASTLE-CAREY / 145
52x11
Black
1804-22
E
444
29
DULVERTON / 187
36x10
Black
1801-16
C
488
29
FROOM / 115
22x10
Black
1802-07
D
490
29
FROOME / 115
25x11
Black
1803-04
D
537
29
ILCHESTER / 130
35x11
Black
1804-07
D
553
29
ILMINSTER / 143
35x11
Black
1801-21
D
591
29
LANGPORT / 140
34x11
Black
1805-46
C
603
29
MILVERTON / 169
35x11
Black
1801
H
604
29
MILVERTON / 172
39x11
Black
1805-33
C
624
29
MINEHEAD / 185
35x11
Black
1801-07
D
674
29
SHEPTON-MALLET / 135
55x11
Black
1801-10
D
703
29
SOMERTON / 135
35x11
Black
1804-11
D
783
29
TAUNTON / 161
35x11
Black
1802-14
D
860
29
WELLINGTON / 168
43x11
Black
1804-29
C-D
917
29
WELLS-S / 129
28x11
Black
1802-08
D
1019
29
WIVELSCOMBE / 175
56x12
Black
1805-29
C-D
1060
29
YEOVIL / 125
27x11
Black
1801-11
C

Unfortunately I do not (yet) have an example of the “AXBRIDGE / 141” mark.

BATH / 109” 1801-1804


BRIDGEWATER / 150” 1802-1811