Norvic Philatelics logo Great Britain: special illustrated and thematic postmarks

This page updated 12 July 2017

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.   Collectors outside the UK are allowed 28 days especially in the case of stamps from new issues being used.

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. 

With immediate effect Royal Mail have made their Postmark Bulletin available as a free pdf download.

Published every month, the Bulletin can be found at royalmail.com/postmarkbulletin The Bulletin is also available in printed form on free subscription  

NOTE FOR BRITISH FORCES Philatelic Service: 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 no longer guarantee to show all new postmarks, but will list the more topical and thematic ones in the table below.


One-day and short-term postmarks - in use for less than one week.   

See also New stamps pages:  Landmark Buildings and World War I Centenary. (Postmarks are shown in the Postmark Bulletin)

Other new thematic postmarks, which are illustrated in the Postmark Bulletin (see above). 
SHC indicates which of Royal Mail's Special Handstamp Centres is handling the postmark, and 'Bulletin' indicates which edition the illustration appears in. 

Addresses of the SHCs are listed in the Bulletin.

Ref Number Date Description SHC Bulletin
14195 11 July Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Coningsby North 28 May
14210 15 July 200 Years Sir John Fowler London 30 June
14212 18 July 200th Anniversary Jane Austen, Winchester London 30 June
14230 26 July for 1 year Celebrating the Bronte Family, Keighley North 30 June
14186 27 July Westminster - Depicting heraldic lion London 28 May
14196 28 July Peter Rabbit - Birthday of Beatrix Potter North 28 May

Now that the Bulletin is published monthly, many postmarks are published after the date of use; covers may be submitted 10 days after receipt of Bulletin.

** See note on BFPS above.


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