Norvic Philatelics logo Great Britain: special illustrated and thematic postmarks

This page updated 30 July 2015  

The postmarks shown below are in use only on the dates shown. 

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 allows later application only when their publicity is late.)

The purpose 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.

NOTE BRITISH FORCES: Return postage MUST be included. For details of new arrangements for obtaining British Forces Special Postmarks see our updated blog entry.

A subscription to the Royal Mail Postmark Bulletin is a bargain for postmark collectors at only 12.25 p.a. in the UK.  Buy your subscription here on Royal Mail's website.


If you 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.

One-day and short-term postmarks - in use for less than one week.    Note these postmarks are scanned at different times and are NOT to scale

See also New stamps pages:   British Bees 18 August 2015; Sea Travel Post and Go 16 September 2015; Rugby World Cup 18 September 2015.

Two British Forces Postmarks showing aircraft .

Battle of Evesham postmark showing the lion arms of Simon de Montfort.

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Ref F13522 - Centenary of Military Flying
Northolt 1915-2105
In use 23 July 2015 only, available from the
British Forces Post Office
Return postage MUST be included
Ref F13523 - Battle of Britain 75
In use 24 July 2015 only, available from the
British Forces Post Office
Return postage MUST be included
Ref M13528
In use 4 August 2015 only
available from Midland Handstamp Centre

Postmark showing the flag of the British Heligoland Post Office.
Two postmarks for 200t years of The Gurkhas.

RAvenglass & Eskdale postmark.

Ref L13525 - 1890 Handover of
British-Heligoland to Germany
In use 9 August 2015 only, available from
London Special Handstamp Centre

The flag shows that used by the
Post Office of British Heligoland
Ref L13537 Commemorating 200 Years
 of Service - The Gurkhas, Salisbury
In use 20 August 2015 only, available from
London Special Handstamp Centre

Ref L13537 Commemorating 200 Years
 of Service - The Gurkhas, London SW1
In use 20 August 2015 only, available from
London Special Handstamp Centre

Ref N13547 100 Years of the 15" Gauge Line, Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway, Ravenglass, Cumbria
In use 28 August 2015 only, available from
North of England Special Handstamp Centre

Norvic Philatelics, PO Box 119, Dereham, NR20 3YN, GB.
Phone: 08450 090939 or Skypeme at ian.billings-norvic

Victoria Cross Commemorative postmarks - We understand that there will be over 400 of these in the period 2014-2018. See below.
  Victoria Cross postmark. 

Postmarks in this style are being used on commemorative covers on the anniversary of the date that the Victoria Cross was awarded to a person who came from the location shown on the postmark.  Some will be of particular interest to collectors of local postal history or memorabilia, and we suggest that it would be best to subscribe to Royal Mail's Postmark Bulletin to be kept informed. 

A subscription to the Bulletin currently costs 12.25 for the UK and Europe and 24.95 for the rest of the world.  The Bulletin is produced every two weeks.  Visit Royal Mail's website.

No more details will be listed here.  Collectors interested in these should subscribe to the Postmark Bulletin.

If you wish to know when this page is updated, please use the ChangeDetection box at the top of the table to receive an email for all changes. If you have any questions? please e-mail us.
This page updated 30 July 2015

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