The postmarks shown below are in use only on the
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 foot of this page. 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.
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This page updated 21 May 2013
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