Norvic Philatelics logo Great Britain: special illustrated and thematic postmarks

This page updated 24 August 2014  

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 late 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: 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.

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:  Symbolic Flowers Post and Go 17 September, Seaside Architecture and Classic Welsh Railway booklet 18 September

Postmark with text as shown below.
Postmark showing Forth Road BRidge.Postmark with text as shown below.

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Ref L13195
75th Anniversary World War II
Available from
London Handstamp Centre

Ref S13188
50th Anniversary Forth Road Bridge
South Queensferry Edinburgh

In use 4 September 2014 only at the Scotland & NI Handstamp Centre
Ref W13192
50th Anniversary of the last Atlantic Coast Express, Padstow

In use 5 Septmber 2014 only at the Wales and West Handstamp Centre

Autumn Stampex special postmark.
BAdge of the Taff Vale Railway Co.          Postmark showing steam locomotive.
Postmark with Dr Who logo.
Autumn Stampex, London N1
Ref 13196 17 September
Ref 13203 18 September
Ref 13208 19 September
Ref 13209 20 September
In use at the London Handstamp Centre
Ref W13222 Taff Vale Railway Co, Cardiff
Available for 18 September only from
Wales & West Handstamp Centre. Intended for use on Classic Locomotives of Wales Retail Booklet stamps (but may be used on any valid stamps)
Ref M13186 Engine Street Smethwick
Available for 18 September only from
Midland Handstamp Centre. Intended for use on Classic Locomotives of Wales Retail Booklet stamps (but may be used on any valid stamps)

Ref W13128 Twelfth Doctor, Dr Who, The Hayes, Cardiff
Available for 23 August only from
Wales & West Handstamp Centre.

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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 over the next 5 years. See below.
  Victoria Cross postmark.   These postmarks are being used on commemorative covers on the anniversary of the date that the Victoria Cross was awarded to somebody who came from the location shown on the postmark.  We will list those for 2014 here, but cannot guarantee to continue this until the end of the series.  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.

Postmarks announced so far with reference numbers:
23 August - Brighton (13153), East Grinstead (13154), Willesden Green NW10 (13170), Camberley (13193), Fraserburgh (13170)
24 August - Guildford (13156), Liverpool (13164)
25 August - Worcester (13162)
26 August - Barking (13157), Lockersley (13158), Bermondsey (13159), Madeley (13172), Bristol (13173)
1 September - Paddington (13160), Altrincham (13165)
14 September - Hurtford, Kilmarnock (13189), Leith (13190), Edinburgh (13191), Laugharne, Wales (13219)
15 September - Alton (13178)
19 September - Glasgow (13217)

Postmarks can be obtained from these Special Handstamp Centres:

London SHC:  Brighton 13153 - East Grinstead 13154 - Willesden Green London 13170 - Guildford 13156 - Barking 13157 - Lockersley 13158 - Bermondsey 13159 - Paddington 13160 - Alton 13178

Midland SHC: Worcester 13162

North of England SHC: Liverpool 13164 - Altrincham 13165

Scotland & NI SHC:  Fraserburgh 13170 - Hurford 13189 - Leith 13190 - Edinburgh 13191 - Glasgow 13217

Wales & West SHC: Madeley 13172 - Bristol 13173 - Laugharne 13219

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This page updated 24 August 2014

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