Well that's my Christmas present sorted out - "Masters of the Post: The Authorized History" by Duncan Campbell-Smith, RRP £30 but available at a significant discount from Amazon. Here is a link to a short video on the book from the Amazon website.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Two wrappers sent in the Wells Penny Post, with Receiving House marks - a framed "No.16" and an unframed "No.17". These are likely to originally be from the Bristol Penny Post. Oxley assigns "No.16" to Oakhill. Chew Magna had "No.43" from 1830-33 but was then given "No.17" which it had from 1834-1840 (source - "Bristol 5th Clause & Penny Posts 1793-1840" by Ian Warn). So "No.17" is likely to be Chew Magna. From 1818 a number of Receiving Houses, including these, were under Bristol, Bath and Wells, ie. they could sent mail to whichever Post Town, depending on where it was addressed.
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
The wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 was an occasion of national and worldwide interest, commemorated by a country-wide slogan cancel.