Norvic Philatelics logo Great Britain: special illustrated and thematic postmarks

This page updated 26 January 2015  

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:  Working Sail Post and Go 18 February, Inventive Britain 19 February, British Bridges 5 March.

Winston Churchill postmark showing Union Flag.

Tower Hill postmark.
Royal Cypher EIIR.

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Ref L13316
Sir Winston Churchill 1874-1965
Parliament Square, Westminster,
London SW1
In use 24 January 2015 only -
vailable from
London Handstamp Centre

24th January Ref L13315
27th January Ref L13317
Tower Hill, London EC3
In use as stated only - available from
London Handstamp Centre
Ref L13319
1952 Her Majesty in Service 2015 EIIR Westminster London SW1
In use 6 February 2015 only - available from London Handstamp Centre

Up Helly Aa 2015 Postmark.
Two postmarks marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winstn Chuchill.
Year of the Ram postmark.
Ref S13325
Lerwick, Up Helly Aa,
In use 27 January 2015 only -
vailable from Scotland &
NI Handstamp Centre Edinburgh
Ref L13327
Sir Winston Churchill 50th Anniversary London
In use 24 January 2015 only -
vailable from
London Handstamp Centre
Ref L13328
Winston Churchill 1874-1965
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxford
In use 24 January 2015 only -
vailable from
London Handstamp Centre
Ref L13336
2015 - Year of the Sheep
Chinatown, London W1
In use 19 February 2015 only -
vailable from
London Handstamp Centre

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Victoria Cross Commemorative postmarks - We understand that there will be over 400 of these from 2014-2018. See below.
  Victoria Cross postmark.   These postmarks are being used on commemorative covers on the anniversary of the date that the Victoria Cross was awarded to somebody who came from the location shown on the postmark.  We will list those for 2014 here, but cannot guarantee to continue this until the end of the series.  Some will be of particular interest to collectors of local postal history or memorabilia, and we suggest that it would be best to subscribe to Royal Mail's Postmark Bulletin to be kept informed.  A subscription to the Bulletin currently costs 12.25 for the UK and Europe and 24.95 for the rest of the world.  The Bulletin is produced every two weeks.  Visit Royal Mail's website.

Postmarks announced so far with reference numbers:
23 August - Brighton (13153), East Grinstead (13154), Willesden Green NW10 (13170), Camberley (13193), Fraserburgh (13170)
24 August - Guildford (13156), Liverpool (13164)
25 August - Worcester (13162)
26 August - Barking (13157), Lockersley (13158), Bermondsey (13159), Madeley (13172), Bristol (13173)
1 September - Paddington (13160), Altrincham (13165)
14 September - Hurtford, Kilmarnock (13189), Leith (13190), Edinburgh (13191), Laugharne, Wales (13219)
15 September - Alton (13178)
19 September - Glasgow (13217) - 28 September - Prudhoe NE42 (13225)_
22 October - Glasgow G2 (13276)_________29 October - Royton, Oldham (13235), Ware Hertfordshire (13260), Lancaster (13275), Aberdeen (13277)
1 November - Stowmarket, Suffolk (13261)       7 November - Lambeth, London SW2 (13263)     11 November - Edinburgh (13278) 
12 November - Lambeth, London SW2 (13268)    17 November - Berkeley, Gloucestershire (13272)      20 November - Bristol (13280)
24 November - Kensington, London (13272)       28 November - Edinburgh (13279)
14 December - South Shields (13305)         19 December - Faversham (13299), Edinburgh (13310), New Abbey Dumfries (13311)
21 December - Whitehaven (13306), Workington (13307)
More VC postmarks will be available in 2015 and later years.  No more will be listed here.  Collectors interested in these are advised to subscribe to the Postmark Bulletin.

Postmarks were provided from these Special Handstamp Centres:

London SHC:  Brighton 13153 - East Grinstead 13154 - Willesden Green London 13170 - Guildford 13156 - Barking 13157 - Lockersley 13158 - Bermondsey 13159 - Paddington 13160 - Alton 13178 - Royton 13235 - Ware 13260 - Stowmarket 13261 - Lambeth 13263 & 13268 - Kensington (13272) - Faversham (13299)

Midland SHC: Worcester 13162 - Berkleley 13273

North of England SHC: Liverpool 13164 - Altrincham 13165 - Prudhoe 13225 - Lancaster 13275 - South Shields (13305) - Whitehaven & Workington (13306-7)

Scotland & NI SHC:  Fraserburgh 13170 - Hurford 13189 - Leith 13190 - Edinburgh 13191, 13278/9, 13310 - Glasgow 13217, 13276 - Aberdeen 13277 - New Abbey (13311)

Wales & West SHC: Madeley 13172 - Bristol 13173, 13280 - Laugharne 13219

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This page updated 26 January 2015

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