Norvic Philatelics logo Great Britain: special illustrated and thematic postmarks

This page updated 16 May 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 2 weeks (but soon to be monthly), the Bulletin can be found at 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:  Songbirds (4 May) . (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
14112 29 May Centenary of First Air Sea Rescue by Flying Boat London 7 April*
7 June
Lions Club International, Birmingham,
28 April
13 June
17th Anniversary First Monarch to Travel by Rail, Paddington
28 April
14141 24 June Celebrating 300 Years, London  (Freemasonry United Grand Lodge of England) London 28 April
30 June
Canada 150 Year, London E14
28 April

7 April* Due to late publication of the Bulletin covers may be submitted 10 days after receipt of Bulletin.

** See note on BFPS above.

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