Norvic Philatelics logo Great Britain: special illustrated and thematic postmarks

This page updated 25 July 2014  

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 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 head of the table. 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.

A subscription to the Royal Mail Postmark Bulletin 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.

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:   The Great War 28 July 2014 ; Sustainable Fish retail booklet 18 August 2014

Postmark showing winged wheel?
Tour de France postmarks.

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Ref L13092
75th Anniversary of the
First Transatlantic Air Mail
Available from
London Handstamp Centre

Ref N13114
le grand depart - stage 1
Leeds to Harrogate

In use 5 July 2014 only at the North of England Handstamp Centre
Ref N13115
le grand depart - stage 2 York to Sheffield

In use 6 July 2014 only at the North of England Handstamp Centre

Dirving wheel of Blucher locomotive - postmark..
Special postmarks, Donald CAmbpell Beaulieu.
House of Stuart postmark.
Ref N13136 200th Ann of the Blucher, Killingworth, Newcastle Upon Tyne
In use 25 July 2014 only at the North of England Handstamp Centre
Ref L13123 50th Ann of Donald Campbell's Land Speed Record, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst
Available for 17 July only from
London Handstamp Centre
Also ref L13126 Tower Hill *
28 JULY 2014, London EC3.
Available from
London Handstamp Centre
Ref L13151 The End of the House of Stuarts Kensington
Available for 1 August only from
London Handstamp Centre

Tower Hill postmark.
Hampden Park special postmark commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014.
Special postmark World War I centenary.
Britain Declares War - postmark.
Ref L13144 - Tower Hill London EC3
Available for 1 August only from
London Handstamp Centre
Ref S13148 - Hampden Park, Glasgow G42
Available for 3 August only from
Scotland Handstamp Centre Tallents House
Ref L13145 WWI We Will Remember, London SW1A  Available for 4 August only fromLondon Handstamp Centre
Ref F13175 Britain Declares War British Forces 3177 
Available for 4 August only from BFPS - see note above

Norvic Philatelics, PO Box 119, Dereham, NR20 3YN, GB.
Phone: 08450 090939 or Skypeme at ian.billings-norvic

Victoria Cross Commemorative postmarks - available on the dates shown only.  Note these are not shown in chronological order.
Victoria Cross postmarks.  Victoria Cross postmark.
Victoria Cross postmarks. Victoria Cross postmark.
Victoria Cross postmark.
Victoria Cross postmark.
Victoria Cross postmark.
Postmarks can be obtained from these Special Handstamp Centres:

London SHC:  Brighton 13153 - East Grinstead 13154 - Willesden Green London 13155 - Guildford 13156 - Barking 13157 - Lockersley 13158 - Bermondsey 13159 - Paddington 13160

Midland SHC: Worcester 13162

North of England SHC: Liverpool 13164 - Altrincham 13165

Scotland & NI SHC:  Fraserburgh 13170

Wales & West SHC: Madeley 13172 - Bristol 13173

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This page updated 25 July 2014

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