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Postal Markings

We have tried to list these as far as possible in date order of their subject matter, although since many books and monographs cover a wide date range of material this can only be approximate.

These downloads include a number of versions of previously printed books, and some works that have only been published in PDF form.

General

Great Britain's First Postage Stamp
Ernest Gladstone
[48pp, 19.8MB, 1924]
Pioneer study of Dockwra marks, with archival examples pictured

The History of the Postmarks of the British Isles from 1840 to 1876
John Hendy
[204pp, 6.3MB, 1909]
One of the classic early works on postmarks

England and Wales Post Office Numerals
John Parmenter and Ken Smith
[432pp, 6.4MB, 2003]
Listings of 1844 numbers in numeral postmarks, including London. Complete book (for parts see here)

Barred Numeral Cancellations of Ireland - Scarcity Ratings and Coloured Cancellations
Andrew Chappell and Chris Jones
[15pp, 253KB, 2014]
As seen in the GBPS Newsletter

The Anglo-French Reciprocity - Movable Boxes and More
Doug McGill
[109pp, 25MB, 2015]
A GBPS Diamond Jubilee Festival Presentation

The Registration "Rotary Device"
Maurice Buxton
[26pp, 1.9MB, 2020]
Discussion of the scarce "roller" device for making blue crossed lines 1878-81, with image gallery

Record of Covers with "Passed by BPA" Cachets 1940-53
Maurice Buxton
[213KB, 2015]
Spreadsheet recording details of 850+ examples of these covers

The Sub Office Postmarks of Sheffield
Frank Walton
[406pp, 48MB, 2021]
2nd edition. By kind permission of the Stuart Rossiter Trust

Postage Paid Franks and Cancellations of the Channel Islands
Glenn H Morgan
[96pp, 2.5MB, 1983]
Used to denote that postage has been pre-paid

Barred Numeral Cancellations

These files comprise the text of Barred Numeral Cancellations of England and Wales by John Parmenter, David Luckly, and Ken Smith, with Prof. Cedric Prys-Roberts (Welsh section) – a comprehensive listing of these postmarks that provides the most detailed treatment available concerning which handstamps and codes were used when, revised and updated for this 2021 listing. All files include a short 4 page introduction.

Bedfordshire
(16pp, 1.3MB)

Berkshire
(29pp, 2.0MB)

Bristol
(16pp, 2.3MB)

Buckinghamshire
(22pp, 1.8MB)

Cambridgeshire
(18pp, 1.1MB)

Channel Islands
(10pp, 712KB)

Cheshire
(34pp, 1.6MB)

Cornwall
(39pp, 1.7MB)

Cumberland
(29pp, 1.4MB)

Derbyshire
(28pp, 1.3MB)

Devon
(71pp, 2.5MB)

Dorset
(27pp, 2.2MB)

Durham
(49pp, 2.0MB)

Essex
(48pp, 4.1MB)

Gloucestershire
(42pp, 2.6MB)

Hampshire
(49pp, 2.5MB)

Herefordshire
(22pp, 1.2MB)

Hertfordshire
(32pp, 1.8MB)

Huntingdonshire
(12pp, 743KB)

Isle of Man
(11pp, 704KB)

Isle of Wight
(17pp, 858KB)

Kent
(86pp, 3.9MB)

Lancashire
(104pp, 6.0MB)

Leicestershire
(18pp, 1.4MB)

Lincolnshire
(37pp, 2.1MB)

Middlesex
(39pp, 3.1MB)

Norfolk
(43pp, 3.4MB)

Northamptonshire
(22pp, 1.6MB)

Northumberland
(33pp, 3.3MB)

Nottinghamshire
(22pp, 1.9MB)

Oxfordshire
(24pp, 1.6MB)

Rutland
(9pp, 920KB)

Shropshire
(33pp, 3.3MB)

Somerset
(43pp, 3.6MB)

Staffordshire
(51pp, 4.7MB)

Suffolk
(37pp, 3.4MB)

Surrey
(56pp, 4.7MB)

Sussex
(66pp, 5.4MB)

Warwickshire
(39pp, 5.1MB)

Westmorland
(20pp, 1.6MB)

Wiltshire
(37pp, 3.1MB)

Worcestershire
(30pp, 2.7MB)

Yorkshire
(137pp, 11.6MB)

Wales: Complete
(217pp, 11.6MB)

Wales: Index
(5pp, 363KB)

Wales:
Anglesey to Flint

(98pp, 5.2MB)

Wales:
Glamorganshire

(57pp, 3.3MB)

Wales:
Merioneth to Radnor

(70pp, 3.9MB)

Special Event Postmarks

Files made available by the British Postmark Society.

Special Event Postmarks of the UK Volume 1 1851‑1962
Pearson, Peachey and Swanborough
[89pp, 22.2MB, 1991]

Special Event Postmarks of the UK Volume 2 1963‑1983
Pearson, Peachey and Finch
[214pp, 15.2MB, 1996]

Special Event Postmarks of the UK Volume 3 1984‑1993
Pearson, Peachey and Finch
[168pp, 18.1MB, 1994]

Special Event Postmarks of the UK Volume 4 1994‑2003
Pearson, Peachey and Finch
[318pp, 24.2MB, 2004]

Special Event Postmarks of the UK Volume 5 2004‑2013
Pearson, Peachey and Finch
[272pp, 19.8MB, 2014]

Slogan Postmarks

Files made available by the British Postmark Society.

Collecting Slogan Postmarks 1917‑1969
Parsons, Peachey and Pearson
[220pp, 25MB, 1986]

Slogan Postmarks of the Seventies
Parsons, Peachey and Pearson
[262pp, 26MB, 1989]

Slogan Postmarks of the Eighties
Parsons, Peachey and Pearson
[138pp, 14.6MB, 1990]

Slogan Postmarks of the Nineties, Part 1 (1990‑94)
Parsons, Peachey and Pearson
[126pp, 15.5MB, 1995]

Slogan Postmarks of the Nineties, Part 2 (1995‑99)
Parsons, Peachey and Pearson
[98pp, 11.6MB, 2000]

Slogan Postmarks of the UK 2000‑2012
Martin Grier
[74pp, 19.4MB, 2013]

Slogan Postmarks of the UK 2013‑2018
Martin Grier
[66pp, 7.2MB, 2020]

Slogan Postmarks of the UK 2019
Martin Grier
[14pp, 1.5MB, 2020]

In Depth UK Slogan Postmark Listings, 1917‑1959
Martin Grier
[99pp, 631KB, 2020]

In Depth UK Slogan Postmark Listings, Volume 1 (1960s)
Colin Peachey
[155pp, 12.4MB, 1996]

In Depth UK Slogan Postmark Listings, Volume 2 (1970s)
Colin Peachey
[150pp, 13.7MB, 1997]

In Depth UK Slogan Postmark Listings, Volume 3 (1980s)
Colin Peachey
[119pp, 12.1MB, 1997]

In Depth UK Slogan Postmark Listings, Volume 4 (1990s)
Colin Peachey
[197pp, 18.9MB, 2000]