US readers in particular should note
that Royal Mail normally require that covers to be postmarked are
posted to the handstamp centres no later than the day of the postmark
except where announcements are late, these will be shown here in red.
Collectors outside the UK are allowed 28 days especially in the
case of stamps from new issues being used.
(Whereas the USPS allows collectors 30 days (at least) to obtain copies of cancels, Royal Mail normally allows later application only when their publicity is late.)
of this page is to list mainly thematic short-term postmarks which are
usually not relevant to new stamp issues. Longer term or permanent
postmarks, many of which show landmarks in towns and cities throughout
the United Kingdom can be found on this page.
For other postmarks, related to the new stamp issues, please see the
relevant stamp pages via the H_O_M_E page or
the links at the head of the table. Some postmarks will be listed both
here and on the stamp pages.
BRITISH FORCES: Return postage MUST be included. For details of
new arrangements for obtaining British Forces Special Postmarks see
our updated blog entry.
Experience shows that the British Forces postmarks are not suitable for Maximum Cards due to the type of handstamp and type of ink used.
do not guarantee to show all new postmarks.
To be sure of knowing about every new special postmark that is used, readers should buy a subscription to the Royal Mail Postmark Bulletin which is a bargain for postmark collectors at only £12.25 p.a. in the UK. Buy your subscription here on Royal Mail's website.
would like examples of these postmarks and have stamped
envelopes, please do not send them to us!
We cannot forward covers to Royal Mail for postmarking unless our postage is paid.
If you do not have the addresses of the Royal Mail Special Handstamp Centres please ask us or Royal Mail.
If you wish to know when this page is updated, please use the
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changes. If you have any questions? please e-mail
This page updated 16 November 2015
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