Norvic Philatelics logo Great Britain: special illustrated and thematic postmarks

This page updated 16 November 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 normally 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.
Experience shows that the British Forces postmarks are not suitable for Maximum Cards due to the type of handstamp and type of ink used.

We 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.


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: Winter Fur & Feathers 16 November 2015;  Star Wars PSB 17 December 2015

Postmarks marking the Battle of Agincourt.
Postmark for Lunar New Year stamps.

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Ref L13624
Henry V Battle of Agincourt 1415-2015
available from London
Handstamp Centre on 25 October only
Ref L13625
The Battle of Agincourt,
Tower Hill, London
available from London
Handstamp Centre on 25 October only
Ref L13627
The Year of the Monkey
In use 9 November 2015 only
available from London Handstamp Centre

Postmarks showing the Avro Vulcan bomber.
Postmark showing remembrance poppies 11 Nov15.

Ref F13636
Farewell to Flight, Vulcan XH558
BFPS 3186
Date changed to 28 October
Reference number 13683

Available from BFPS only -
see blue panel above.
Ref F13637
Final Flight Avro Vulcan XH558
BFPS 3189
Date changed to 28 October
Reference number 13684

Available from BFPS only -
see blue panel above.
Ref L13653
Lest We Forget, Whitehall London
In use 11 November 2015 only
available from London Handstamp Centre

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This page updated 16 November 2015

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