Sunday, 29 December 2019

G.W.R. Memorandum, 1932

This GWR memo dated 23rd December 1932 is of some postal history interest as it details changes to postal addresses in Somerset and Devon (for example Allerford moves from being under Taunton to being under Minehead).  Here is the memorandum, with a red "STATION MASTER'S OFFICE / TAUNTON" handstamp.


And here are the contents showing the movements of offices.


Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Taunton Station, Great Western Railway, 1922-1927

Happy Christmas !

Here are a few GWR memos received at Taunton Railway Station with "TAUNTON STATION . GREAT WESTERN RLY" single ring receiving handstamps.




Sunday, 22 December 2019

Somerset Sub-Office Numbers


The list below is of sub-office numbers for Post Offices in Somerset, as used to appear on Registration Etiquettes. Any additions gratefully received  !

Note that companies and other organisations who posted over 2000 registered items per year were allowed to have their own roll of labels with a number, allocated by the Post Office, which was special to them. These 'private users' are identified in the lists with a tilde ⁓ in front of the name. The numbers were usually higher than those allocated to sub post offices.

Main Office
No.
Sub-Office
BATH

1
2
3
4
5
6
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
31
32
33
34
39
43
High St.
Charles St.
Widcombe Parade
Lower Weston
Southgate St.
Holloway
St. Andrews
Lansdown Road
Whiteway
Bathwick St.
East Twerton
Bathwick Hill
Grosvenor
Weston
Moorfields
Cleveland Place
Westmoreland
Locksbrook
Twerton-on-Avon
Claremont
South Twerton
Larkhall
Yomede Park
Bath Canine Show Mobile P.O. 1970
Southdown
Klngsway
H.O. Registered letters ‘posted out of course‘
Swainswick
Bartlett St.
~ Bath and Bathavon Joint Food Office
Odd Down
Beacon Hill
Bathampton
~ Postal History Exhibition 5th Bath Assembly, May 1952
BRIDGWATER
1
2
3
4
5
6
8
9
13
Monmouth St.
North St.
Tauton Road
Wembdon
The Docks
Bath Road
Hamp
Willoughby Road
Bridgwater Agricultural Show Mobile P.O. 1961, 1966
BURNHAM-ON-SEA
1
3
Abington St.
Berrow
CHARD
1
Victoria Avenue
CLEVEDON
1
2
3
The Triangle
Walton St. Mary
East Clevedon
COMBE DOWN
1
Midford Road
FROME
1
3
6
7
Badcox
Keyford
Cottles Oak
Frome Agricultural Show Mobile P.O. 1956, 1958
GLASTONBURY
2
Windmill Hill
MARTOCK
1
Bower Hinton
MIDSOMER NORTON
1
Stones Cross
MINEHEAD
1
2
Avenue
Alcombe
RADSTOCK
2
3
Westfield
Haydon
SHEPTON MALLET
1
2
4

5
6

7
Kilver St.
Mid-Somerset Agricultural Show Mobile P.O. 1952, 1954
Bath & West Show M obile P.O. 1969 &
Mid-Somerset Agricultural Show Mobile P.O. 1970
Bath & West Show Mobile P.O. 1967
Mid-Somerset Agricultural Show MPO 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962 &
Bath & West Show Mobile P.O. 1865, 1968
Mid-Somerset Agricultural Show Mobile P.O. 1964
STREET
1
Middle Leigh
TAUNTON
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
12
13
14
Rowbarton
East Reach
Hamilton Road
Shuttern
Station Road
Cheddon Road
Internal use, H.O.
Internal use, H.O.
Galmington, formerly Musgrove
Bishop's Hull
Staplegrove
Holway Road
WELLINGTON (Somerset)
1
Station Road
WESTON-SUPER-MARE
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
14
15
Claremont
Severn Road
Oxford St.
The Boulevard
Baker St.
Church Road
Locking Road
Ashcombe Park
Moorland Road
West Moorland
Drove Road
Milton Road
Milton
YEOVIL
1
3
5
6
7
8
9
Middle St.
Pen Mill
Goldcroft
Glenville Road
Preston Plucknett
West Coker Road
Westfield Road


Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Wells Penny Post boxed "No.11" going to London in 1842

The envelope below is going via Wells to London in February 1842, bears a reddish boxed “No.11” receiving house handstamp in addition to the Maltese Cross cancel and a “WELLS SOMERSET” circular cancel dated 14th February 1842.


Where was the boxed “No.11” handstamp used ?
  • No boxed “No.11” is recorded for Wells.
  • The boxed “No.11” in the Bristol Penny Post was in use at Bedminster. Post from there to London would not go via Wells.
  • A boxed “No.11” is recorded in the Bath Penny Post; this is thought to have been used at Doynton in Gloucestershire. Again, post from there to London would not go via Wells.
  • A boxed “No.11” is known used in the Cross Penny Post, probably at Hutton.
  • No boxed “No.11” is recorded used in the Bridgwater Penny Post, only an unboxed “No.11” used at Burrowbridge in 1839. As boxed handstamps pre-dated unboxed ones, it is unlikely that a boxed “No.11” was in use there in 1842.
  • A boxed “No.11” was in use at Creech St Michael in the Taunton Penny Post. As Creech St Michael is under 4 miles east of Taunton, mail from there would almost certainly go via Taunton. The handstamp used at Creech St Michael also has larger serifs than the minimal ones visible above.
The most likely candidate would therefore appear to be the boxed “No.11” used in the Cross Penny Post, probably at Hutton.

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Undated "YEOVIL" handstamp, c.1759-1769.


Acquired off the internet, the undated entire below has gone from Yeovil via Taunton and Bristol to Oxford via the cross post. The mileage is over 80 miles so would have been charged 4d, the rate for over 80 miles from 1711 to 1784.
Undated entire from Yeovil to Garsington near Oxford, with mansucript “X post” and stylised “4” for postage.

On the reverse a “YEOVIL” straight line handstamp (34½ x 7½ mm), a “TAUNTON” straight line handstamp
(41x7 mm, SO 751, in use 1759-1769) and a “B / RIS / TOL” handstamp (18x17 mm, BS 18, in use 1747-1772).

Based on the known dates for the Taunton handstamp, the entire is dated from between 1759 and 1769. This could match the date for the “YEOVIL” handstamp, SO 1042, known used in 1766, though the measurements are not precisely the same – the handstamp measures 34½x7½ mm, while SO 1042 is in the British County Catalogue as 35x8 mm. However the compilers of the BCC did not have the benefit of computers and scanners to be able to precisely measure their handstamps.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Wincanton late use of SO 993 cancel in 1845

The entire below is from Wincanton to an Insurance Office in Exeter.  It has an SO 993 cancel dated 31st March 1845, a later than previously recorded.

Some certificates were enclosed, hence the prepaid 2d in red.
[This item courtesy of a fellow member of the Somerset & Dorset Postal History Group.]

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Latest UDC in Somerset ? ... at Churchill in 1861

Is this the latest UDC usage in Somerset – a “CHURCHILL” udc in blue used on 17th June 1861 ?



The stamping of letters at all offices using undated handstamps should have ceased after the issue of an Instruction To Postmasters dated 17th March 1860, so this should be treated as abnormal usage.

Other abnormal-use examples of the “CHURCHILL” udc are known on 14th June 1861 and on 19th December 1860 (seen on eBay).

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Bath Delivery Office, 2019

Here is an undated "Bath Delivery Office" soft packet cancel - it arrived between 13th and 17th October 2019.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Portishead and Highbridge

First a double circle double-arc "PORTISHEAD / BRISTOL" cancel from 1936, although the circles are not clear.  The envelope was addressed to "The Hospital, Amsterdam" but the addressee was not found so it was returned to Portishead.

Next a Field Post Office registered envelope to Portishead with a "PORTISHEAD / BRISTOL" single ring receiving mark from 1946.  The sender was in Schleswig Holstein.

And finally a BT Maritime Radiotelex envelope from Portishead Radio, Highbridge, with a "HIGHBRIDGE / SOMERSET" meter mark from 1989.