Norvic Philatelics logo Great Britain: special illustrated and thematic postmarks

This page updated 17 April 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 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:  175th Anniversary of the Penny Black 6 May; Heraldic Beasts Post and Go 13 May; Centenary of World War 1 14 May.

Special Postmark for ASPS COngress, Perth.Postmark showing  Anthony Trollope.

Vintage postbox on postmark .

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Ref S13387 - ASPS 86th Annual Congress, Perth 17 April 2015
Callendar House, Falkirk. 
Hosts: Falkirk & District PS
In use 17 April 2015 only - available from
Scotland & NI Handstamp Centre
Ref L13381 - Anthony Trollope
In use 24 April 2015 only - available from London Handstamp Centre
Ref N13386
Post Office Letter Box No.1
In use 24 April 2015 only -
vailable from North of England Handstamp Centre
* Postmarks 13390 and 13404 have been published after the event.  Covers should be sent for postmarking before 22 April
Postmark showing Britannia
Tower Hill postmark.
Postmark with portrait of King Richard III.
Europhilex stamp exhibition postmark.
Ref L13390 - Celebrating Britannia
Threadneedle St, London EC2R 8AH
(Postcode of the Bank of England)
In use 2 April 2015 only - available from London Handstamp Centre
Ref L13392
Tower Hill, London EC3
In use 23 April 2015 only - available from London Handstamp Centre
Ref M13404
King Richard III Rest in Peace Leicester Cathedral
In use 26 March 2015 only - available from Midland Handstamp Centre
13 May - Ref L13418
14 May - Ref L13428
15 May - Ref L13429
16 May - Ref L13430
Europhilex Stamp Exhibition
London N1

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 from 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 somebody 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 17 April 2015

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