Sunday, 29 July 2018

Bath: Items from 1776 to 1935

This first item from Bath in 1776 has a straight line "BATH" (30 x 7 mm, SO 55) which was previously only known from 1772 to 1775 - this cover extends the period of known usage.  The handstamp in use after this one is of a similar size (30 x 7½ mm, SO 60) but does not have significant serifs.

Next in this sequence of items from Bath is a Mulready letter-sheet from June 1840, with a red Bath maltese cross cancel.

The registered envelope below is from Glasgow to Bath in July 1896, and was then redirected to Combe Down with an additional three QV 1d lilac stamps to pay postage and registration.

This last registered envelope was posted from Cleveland-Place, Bath to Ewell in November 1935.  The envelope has been uprated from 2d by 1d (to pay the 3d registration fee) plus by 1½d to pay the inland letter rate.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018


Street, 2½ miles from Glastonbury, was a receiving house in the Somerton Penny Post from 1806, and in the Glastonbury Penny Post from 1826.  By 1855 the post office came under Bath and then transferred to Bridgwater in 1873.  In 1878 it became a "Sub-Office/Post Town".

Although Street was not under Bridgwater from 1878, the cover below, from Street to Bolton-le-Moors in September 1897, was cancelled by a Bridgwater squared circle.  There is also a "STREET / SOMERSET" single ring handstamp on the reverse.  This would seem to mean that in some regards Street was still under Bridgwater.

The registered envelope below is from Street to Berlin in October 1922, cancelled with "STREET / SOMERSET" single ring cancels.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Rimpton, Sampford Arundel, Wanstrow, Yeo Mill (Devon)

Here are a few more places I haven't covered yet, starting with a postcard from Rimpton in 1907.

This Parcel Post Label is from Sampford Arundel, in 1916.

The postcard below is from Wanstrow, and has an unreadable year in the cancel.  However as the message says "come over tomorrow, Thurs", it is likely that it was posted in 1908 when 18th November was a Wednesday (the next one being 1914).

This final postcard is from Yeo Mill in Devon in 1912.  Yeo Mill came under Dulverton until the post office was replaced by West Anstey, a mile to the north.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Bleadon, Brean, Buckland St Mary, Long Sutton

Some more places that I mostly haven't covered before, starting with two postcards from Bleadon, one from 1909 and the other 1930 (apparently using the same handstamp).

This next item is from Brean, under Burnham-on-Sea, in 1958.

This postcard from Buckland St Mary in 1910 is written in a simple substitution code.

Finally a postcard from Long Sutton, with the year in the cancel unreadable.  I have posted an item from Long Sutton before, here, with a self-inking datestamp.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Wootton Courtenay, Worle, Wraxall

Wootton Courtenay post office was originally under Dunster RSO before transferring to Taunton in 1895. From November 1909 to June 1911 it was under Dunster again before returning to Taunton.  In 1932 it transferred to Minehead. 

These two sheets have postcards from Wootton Courtenay in 1906 and 1907.  They both have Dunster squared circle cancels which could mean that they were under Dunster at that time (at least the post went via Dunster - the accounts may have been held at Taunton).

Worle was originally in the Cross Penny Post before coming under Wells in 1845.  By 1854 it came under Weston-super-Mare, becoming a town sub-office (TSO) in 1946.  The postcard below has a skeleton cancel from August 1915.

Wraxall was in the Bristol Fifth Clause post before converting to the Penny Post.  It came under Nailsea railway sub-office from 1881 to 1895.  The post office closed in 1976 (the map on the first sheet below shows a possible location for the post office).  The postcard below has a "WRAXALL" single ring cancel from 1905.

The postcard below has a "WRAXALL / BRISTOL" 'Dulwich' cancel from 1974, with a commemorative cancel below also from 1974.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Winford, Woodborough, Winscombe, Star (Winscombe)

Winford post office came under Bristol apart from a period between 1860 and 1895 when it came under Flax Bourton RSO.   The two items below have "WINFORD / BRISTOL" double circle double-arc ('Dulwich') cancels, from 1965 and 1974. 

Woodborough was originally under Weston-super-Mare before becoming a Railway Sub-Office in 1873.  It was replaced by 'Winscombe RSO' in June 1895.  The item below has a "WOODBOROUGH / SOM." single ring cancel from April 1895, just before the post office was replaced.

Winscombe was a Railway Sub-Office from 1895, taking over from Woodborough, and then became an independant Sub Office or Post Town in 1905.  The item below has a "WINSCOMBE / +" double circle double-arc cancel from 1900.

The items below have "WINSCOMBE / SOMERSET" 'Dulwich' cancels from 1931 and 1967.

Two commemorative cancels have featured Star, Winscombe (Star is a mile ENE of Winscombe) in 1986 and 1996.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Westhay, Weston Zoyland

Westhay post office was originally under Bridgwater until it transferred to Glastonbury in 1941.  The psot office closed in 2010.  The two items below are from 1971 and 1986.

Weston Zoyland post office was under Bridgwater until it closed in 2005.  The first item below from 1906 has a single ring cancel ...

... while the next items all have 'Dulwich' double circle double-arc cancels (because of the length of "WESTON ZOYLAND" the arcs are rather small !).

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Ubley, Walton-in-Gordano, Wembdon

Ubley post office came under Bristol until it closed some time between 1977 and 1983.  The sheets below illustrate cancels from 1921, 1942, 1950 (a skeleton) and 1971.

 Walton-in-Gordano post office originally came under Bristol before transferring to Clevedon in 1861.  The post office closed in 1992.  The registered envelope below is from 1973.

Wembdon post office  became a Town Sub-Office (TSO) of Bridgwater in 1916.  The postcard below is from 1905 when it was still a rural office under Bridgwater.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Tickenham, Tintinhull, Totterdown

Tickenham post office was originally open in 1849 but then closed in 1860.  It was reopened in 1930 under Bristol before transferring to Clevedon in 1935.  This first sheet has two different single ring cancels from 1973 and 2000.

Tickenham also featured on a special Occasions cancel in 2003.

The postcard below has a "TINTINHULL/ MARTOCK" single ring cancel from 1918.

Totterdown is just one mile south of the centre of Bristol but is just south of the River Avon so I include it as "Somerset".  It appears to have changed postal district between the two items below; in 1947 the registered cover has "TOTTERDOWN BRISTOL 4" single ring cancels while in 1978 the certificate of posting has a "TOTTERDOWN BRISTOL 3" handstamp.

The certificate of posting from 1997 has a "TOTTERDOWN BRISTOL" self-inking datestamp.