GB Postal Rates

Information about the postal rates in force is frequently vital for understanding and writing-up covers, but sometimes (or often!) this can be difficult to track down. The current section is intended as a general resource for GB collectors, listing as many British postage rates as possible.

Coverage is largely complete for inland rates from 1839, overseas surface rates from 1892, and overseas airmail rates from 1947 (excepting some specialised topics such as late fees). It is of course hoped to expand this over time with further detail to make this resource as comprehensive as possible. Naturally, this includes pre-stamp rates and indeed pre-UPU rates to overseas destinations, but these are vast topics in themselves and often of considerably greater complexity than more modern rates. So it's very much a case of taking things one step at a time.

Assistance is welcomed -- indeed solicited! -- from any collectors who can make additional rate information available in a suitable format. Please with details.

Important Note

This section is a project of the website administrator (for my own reference if nothing else!), rather than some kind of official statement by the GBPS. In other words, while I have tried to make it as accurate as I can, based on published references and such archival research as I have personally conducted, any flaws are my own fault and not that of the Society in general.