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Suburban Receiving Houses of London (or: District Office Cancels)

Introduction

This display is dedicated to the use and places of use of the suburban postmarks issued to them, there are 3 basic issue dates 1844, 1861 and 1870's each differing in some way (see below examples).


Certain numbers were sent to offices for their use on locally sent mail and mail that could be placed on the mail routes outward bound from London, this was to assist in reducing the amount of mail being passed to the Chief Office in central London.

Numbers 1-42 and 49 from the 1844 series was the first undertaking and is the basis for all office listings in the following 2 series of office numbers including the Town receiving offices.

Numbers 43-48 of the 1844 series were allocated to central letter receiving offices or Town receiving offices.

Numbers 1B-52B from the 1861 series, 2 basic types as illustrated above: note the addition of a letter, generally "B", and on occasion "C". These were needed as the increase in mail volume required more letter receiving offices to reduce the volume of mail being handled and the increase in size of London due to numbers of people and the spread of the suburbs.

Numbers 1-76 from the 1870's series, often described as "killer cancels" due to them having thick lines and generally heavily struck.

There were a few offices that received replacement cancellers due to damage or wear. If you look at the whole period there are anomalies and repetition of types that do not follow the basic pattern as stated above, some being re-cuts of originals and others being completely newly made, this is difficult to illustrate in a limited amount for this display but I hope to give an overall view of the types of cancel used and an outline of their use.

I refer on occasion to author's works and they are:

J. Parmenter -- Barred Numeral Cancellations of London 1999
Dubus -- London Cancellations 1969
Hugh Feldman -- Letter Receivers of London 1999

Some items are from noted collections:

Maximus
Dubus

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Frame 1

  1. Introduction
  2. Suburban Receiving Houses of London - Map 1844
1844 SERIES
  1. Highgate 1
  2. Finchley 2
  3. Whetstone 3
  4. Hampstead 4
  5. Hendon 5
  6. Edgware 6
  7. Edgware 6
  8. Edgware 6
  9. Edgware 6
  10. Stoke Newington 7
  11. Tottenham 8
  12. Edmonton 10
  13. Enfield 11
  14. Bow 12
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Frame 2

1844 SERIES (cont)
  1. Stratford 13
  2. Leyton 14
  3. Woodford 15
  4. Chigwell 16
  5. Ilford 17
  6. Deptford 18
  7. Deptford 18
  8. Deptford 18
  9. Greenwich 20
  10. Woolwich 21
  11. Eltham 22
  12. Bexley 23
  13. Bexley 23
  14. Sydenham 25
  15. Sydenham 25
  16. Sydenham 25
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Frame 3

1844 SERIES (cont)
  1. Clapham 27
  2. Tooting 28
  3. Mitcham 29
  4. Carshalton 30
  5. Wandsworth 31
  6. Wandsworth 31
  7. Putney 32
  8. Putney 32
  9. Mortlake 33
  10. Richmond 34
  11. Richmond 34
  12. Richmond 34
  13. Twickenham 35
  14. Hampton 36
  15. Brompton 37
  16. Brompton 37
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Frame 4

1844 SERIES (cont)
  1. Kensington 38
  2. Kensington 38
  3. Hammersmith 39
  4. Hammersmith 39
  5. Acton 40
  6. Brentford 41
  7. Brentford 41
  8. Paddington 42
  9. Sidmouth St 49
  10. St Martin's Place, later named Trafalgar Square 14 (WC District)
  11. Gracechurch St 16 (EC District)
  12. Woodford Green 53
  13. Norwood 54
  14. Smallbury Green, Isleworth 56
  15. Smallbury Green, Isleworth 56
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Frame 5

1844 SERIES (cont)
  1. Kilburn 60
  2. Kilburn 60
  3. Kilburn 60
  4. Willesden 61
  5. Harrow 62
  6. Harrow 62
  7. Elstree 63
  8. Lewisham 66
  9. Blackheath 69
  10. Catford 71
  11. New Cross 76
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Frame 6

1861 SERIES
  1. Introduction
  2. Holloway 5B
  3. Clapton 6B
  4. Hackney 8b
  5. Poplar 11B
  6. Lewisham 17B
  7. Rotherhithe 21B
  8. Merton 25B
  9. South Lambeth 26B
  10. Petersham 32B
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Frame 7

1861 SERIES (cont)
  1. Notting Hill 37B
  2. Paddington 38C
  3. Shepherds Bush 39B
  4. Southall 40B
  5. St John's Wood 41B
  6. Stanmore 42B
  7. Barking 45B
  8. Waltham Green 46B
  9. Forest Hill 48B
  10. South Norwood 49B
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Frame 8

LONDON CHIEF OFFICE
  1. Numbers 50-72 from 1844
  2. Number 71
  3. Number 51 Registered mail
  4. Number 59 Unpaid letter division used as regular canceller
  5. Number 59 Unpaid letter division
  6. Number 59 Unpaid letter division
  7. Number 59 Unpaid letter division
  8. Number 59 Unpaid letter division
  9. Number 59 Unpaid letter division
  10. Number 69
  11. Number 69
  12. Numbers 52-55, 57-59 and 65 January 1851
  13. Numbers 71-79 Late 1851
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Frame 9

LONDON CHIEF OFFICE (cont)
  1. 25 in diamond
  2. 25 in diamond
  3. London ship letter 22
  4. Number 72 with additional strike of duplex cancel
  5. Numbers 72, 73 and 74
  6. Numbers 72, 73 and 74
  7. Numbers 72, 73 and 74
  8. East Central large ovals
  9. East Central large ovals
  10. District labels
  11. District labels
  12. Varieties
  13. Varieties
  14. Money Order cancellations
  15. Money Order cancellations
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Frame 10

LONDON CHIEF OFFICE (cont)
  1. Varieties - dots in diamonds
  2. Varieties - dots in diamonds
  3. Varieties - dots in diamonds
  4. Varieties - dots in diamonds
  5. Varieties - dots in diamonds
  6. Varieties - dots in diamonds
  7. Varieties - dots in diamonds
  8. Varieties - dots in diamonds