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London Series

These numbers were allocated to offices in London and the surrounding area. The obliterators are oval in shape with the numeral enclosed in either a circle or a diamond. The latter type were used at the Inland Section of the London Chief Office, with the number merely identifying the particular handstamp used rather than the office. Single numeral marks with circles are always London suburban branch office numbers, however note that for duplexes this style was also used by the London Inland Section, again to distinguish different handstamps. These IS marks however will always have the office name given as "London E.C."

Both the original 1857 district and the 1917 district numbers are shown -- however note that the NE and S postal districts were merged with others in the 1860s, so some offices are shown as (e.g.) "S/SW".

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Branch Offices
Single horizontal numeral Vertical oval duplex
Inland Section
Single horizontal numeral Vertical oval duplex


London Surburban Style

No. Office No. Office No. Office No. Office
1

Highgate (N, N6)

1B

Ponders End (N, N9)

2

Finchley (East Finchley from 1902) (N, N2)

2B

Colney Hatch (N, N10&11)

3

Whetstone (N, N20)

3B

Hornsey (N, N8)

4

Hampstead (NW, NW3)

4B

Southgate (N, N14)

5

Hendon (NW, NW4)

5B

Holloway (N, N7)

6

Edgware (NW)

Churton Street (SW, SW1)

East Central Sorting Office (EC, EC1)

6A

East Central Postmans Office (EC, EC1)

6B

Clapton (NE/E, E5)

7

Stoke Newington (N, N16)

7B

Loughton (NE)

8

Tottenham (N, N17)

West Brompton (SW, SW10)

8B

Hackney (NE/E, E8)

9

Kentish Town (NW, NW5)

9B

Canning Town (E, E16)

10

Edmonton (N, N9&18)

South Kensington (SW, SW7)

10B

Chadwell (E)

11

Enfield (N)

Chelsea (SW, SW3)

11B

Poplar (E, E14)

12

Bow (E, E3)

12B

Charlton (SE, SE7)

13

Stratford (E, E15)

13B

Chislehurst (SE)

14

Leyton (NE/E, E10)

St Martins Place (WC, WC2)

East Ham (E, E6)

14B

Erith (SE)

15

Woodford (NE/E, E18)

Highbury (N, N5)

15B

Foots Cray (SE)

16

Chigwell (NE)

Queen Victoria St (EC, EC4)

Woolwich (SE, SE18)

16B

Lessness Heath (SE)

17

Ilford (E)

Chigwell (NE)

Leytonstone (NE/E, E11)

17B

Lewisham (SE, SE13)

18

Deptford (SE, SE8)

18B

Peckham (SE, SE15)

19

Eltham, Halfway St (SE, SE9)

Finsbury Park (N, N4)

19B

Penge (SE, SE20)

20

Greenwich (SE, SE10)

20B

Plumstead (SE, SE18)

20R

Holborn Viaduct (EC, EC1)

21

Woolwich (SE, SE18)

Wanstead (E, E11)

Charlton (SE, SE7)

21B

Rotherhithe (SE, SE16)

22

Eltham (SE, SE9)

Plaistow (E, E13)

22B

Welling (SE)

23

Bexley (SE)

Brockley (SE, SE4)

23B

Brixton (Hill,Rise) (S/SW, SW2)

24

Dulwich (S/SE, SE21)

24B

Camberwell (S/SE, SE5)

24R

Ludgate Circus (EC, EC4)

25

Sydenham (SE, SE26)

25B

Merton (S/SW)

26

Beckenham (SE)

Kensal Green (W, NW10)

Kensal Town (W, NW10)

North Kensington (W, W10)

26B

South Lambeth (S/SW, SW8)

27

Clapham (S/SW, SW4)

27B

Stockwell (S/SW, SW9)

28

Tooting (S/SW, SW17)

28B

Streatham (S/SW, SW16)

29

Mitcham (S)

Forest Gate (E, E7)

29B

Thornton Heath (S)

30

Carshalton (S)

Lee (SE, SE12)

30B

Walworth (S, SE17)

Maida Hill (W, W9)

31

Wandsworth (SW, SW18)

31A

New Wandsworth (SW, SW15)

31B

Battersea (SW, SW11)

32

Putney (SW, SW15)

32B

Petersham (SW)

33

Mortlake (SW, SW14)

33B

Teddington (SW)

34

Richmond (SW)

Earls Court (SW, SW5)

34B

Acton (W, W3)

35

Twickenham (SW)

Bethnal Green (NE/E, E2)

35B

Ealing (W, W5)

36

Hampton (SW)

Walthamstow (NE/E, E17)

Balham (S/SW, SW12)

36B

Hanwell (W, W7)

37

Brompton (W, SW1&3&7)

Eltham (SE, SE9)

37B

Notting Hill (W, W11)

37C

Notting Hill (W, W11)

38

Kensington (W, W8)

38B

Paddington (W, W2)

38C

Paddington (W, W2)

39

Hammersmith (W, W6)

39B

Shepherds Bush (W, W12)

40

Acton (W, W3)

House of Commons (SW, SW1)

Inland Section Mount Pleasant (WC, WC1)

40B

Southall (W)

41

Brentford (W)

Barnes (SW, SW13)

41B

St John's Wood (NW, NW8)

42

Paddington (W, W2)

Chiswick (W, W4)

Walworth (SE, SE17)

42B

Stanmore (NW)

43

Charing Cross (WC, WC2)

Sutton (S)

Turnham Green (W, W4)

Aldgate (E, EC3)

Golders Green (NW, NW11)

43B

Sudbury (NW)

44

North Row (W, W1)

Portland Street (W, W1)

Wimbledon (SW, SW19)

Manor Park (E, E12)

44B

The Hyde (NW, NW9)

45

Portland Street (W, W1)

Stepney (E, E1&14)

Tottenham (N, N17)

North Woolwich (SE, E16)

Kennington / Walworth (S/SE, SE11&17)

45B

Barking (E)

46

Stepney (E, E1&14)

Southwark (SE, SE1)

Palmers Green (N, N13)

46B

Walham Green (SW, SW6)

Fulham (SW, SW6)

47

Southwark (SE, SE1)

Shoreditch (E, E1&2)

Finchley Church End (N, N3)

47B

Sunbury (SW)

48

Shoreditch (E, E1&2)

Sidmouth St (WC, WC1)

North Finchley (N, N12)

48B

Forest Hill (SE, SE23)

49

Sidmouth St (WC, WC1)

Greenwich (SE, SE10)

Royal Hill, Greenwich (SE, SE10)

Abbey Wood (SE, SE2)

49B

South Norwood (S/SE, SE25)

50

Victoria Docks (E, E16)

Victoria Docks & North Woolwich (E, E16)

51

New Southgate (N, N11)

51B

Winchmore Hill (N, N21)

52

Herne Hill (S/SE, SE24)

52B

Wood Green (N, N22)

53

Woodford Green (NE)

Homerton (NE/E, E9)

53B

Upper Holloway (N, N19)

54

Norwood (S/SE, SE19)

55

Leyton Street (NE/E)

West Kensington (W, W14)

56

Isleworth (W)

South Woodford (E, E18)

57

Chiswick (W, W4)

58

Wimbledon (SW, SW19)

Mill Hill (NW, NW7)

59

Paddington (W, W2)

Plaistow (E, E13)

60

Kilburn (NW, NW6)

61

Willesden (NW, NW10)

62

Harrow (NW)

South Tottenham (N, N15)

63

Elstree (NW)

Wimbledon (SW, SW19)

64

Cheshunt (N)

Ealing Dean (W, W5)

West Ealing (W, W13)

65

Camberwell (S/SE, SE5)

66

Lewisham (SE, SE13)

67

Peckham (SE, SE15)

68

Kennington (S/SE, SE11)

69

Kilburn Canterbury Rd (NW, NW6)

Blackheath (SE, SE3)

70

Anerley (SE, SE20)

71

Catford (SE, SE6)

72

Lower Norwood (SE, SE27)

West Norwood (S/SE, SE27)

73

Shooter's Hill (SE, SE18)

West Central District Office (WC, WC1)

74

Tottenham (N, N17)

Bedford Street (WC, WC2)

75

Edmonton (N, N9&18)

Paddington District Office (W, W2)

76

New Cross (SE, SE14)

77

East Dulwich (SE, SE22)

78

South Eastern District Office (SE, SE1)

79

South Western District Office (SW, SW1)

79B

South Western District Office? (SW, SW1)

80

Tottenham (N, N17)

81

Lower Edmonton (N, N9)

82

Leyton (NE/E, E10)

83

Upper Edmonton (N, N18)

84

Chingford (NE/E, E4)

85

Walthamstow (NE/E, E17)

86

North Western District Office (NW, NW1)

87

Northern District Office (N, N1)

88

Eastern District Office (E, E1)

89

Western District Office (W, W1)

90

Muswell Hill (N, N10)

91

Cricklewood (NW, NW2)

99

Beckenham (SE)


Provincial Series Style

Some offices in the Greater London area that were allocated London district letters and numbers had previously or additionally been allocated numbers in the general England and Wales provincial series. These are listed in a separate table below for convenience.

No. Office No. Office No. Office No. Office
102

Leyton (NE/E, E10)

109

Walthamstow (NE/E, E17)

Walthamstow, Orford Rd (E, E17)

117

Tottenham (N, N17)

119

Edmonton (N, N9&18)

144

Bromley (SE)

Shortlands (SE)

153

Buckhurst Hill (NE)

201

Chislehurst (SE)

Belvedere s.o. (SE)

251

Enfield (N)

264

Woolwich (SE, SE18)

273

East Molesey (SW)

328

Edgware (NW)

373

Harrow (NW)

379

Charlton (SE, SE7)

Old Charlton (SE, SE7)

Charlton, Church Lane (SE, SE7)

Charlton, Lower Road (SE, SE7)

385

Shooter's Hill (SE, SE18)

386

Welling (SE)

388

Bexley Heath (SE)

389

Bexley (SE)

392

Grays (E)

394

Hounslow (W)

395

Southall (W)

397

Crayford (SE)

403

Erith (SE)

404

Belvedere (SE)

412

Lessness Heath (SE)

Picardy, Belvedere (SE)

417

Ilford (E)

422

Kingston (SW)

422A

Surbiton (SW)

423

New Charlton (SE, SE7)

476

Loughton (NE)

496

Kew (W)

Farnborough (SE)

513

Mitcham (S)

514

Farnborough (SE)

515

Warlingham (S)

582

Purfleet (E)

586

Orpington (SE)

610

Potters Bar (N)

668

Romford (E)

715

Sidcup (SE)

759

Sutton (S)

770

Stanmore (NW)

771

Shooter's Hill (SE, SE18)

796

West Wickham (SE)

797

Teddington (SW)

801

Wimbledon (SW, SW19)

809

Merton (SW)

833

Chingford (NE/E, E4)

835

Waltham Cross (N)

844

Warlingham (S)

856

West Wickham (SE)

893

Twickenham (SW)

895

Hampton (SW)

908

Wembley (NW)

909

Harrow Station (NW)

913

Crook Log (SE)

920

Woodford Green (NE)

937

Barnet (N)

938

Croydon (S)

Thornton Heath (S)

938B

Thornton Heath (S)

964

Euston Square Station (NW, NW1)

997

Isleworth (W)

005

Chislehurst (SE)

008

Barking (E)

021

Richmond (SW)

021A

Brentford (W)

021B

Isleworth (W)

021C

Teddington (SW)

037

Stanford Le Hope (E)

049

Paddington Station (W)

095

Brentford (W)

B12

Bickley Station (SE)

B30

Petersham (SW)

C85

Enfield (N)

C91

Harrow (NW)

C93

Twickenham (SW)

C94

Teddington (SW)

C95

Hampton (SW)

C96

Sunbury (SW)

C97

Elstree (NW)

D05

Chislehurst (SE)

Chislehurst, Lower Camden (SE)

D13

Beckenham (SE)

D21

Richmond (SW)

D23

Sutton (S)

D24

Mitcham (S)

D27 to D56

Chief Office (EC, EC1)

D44

Potters Bar (N)

D60 to D65

Unknown (EC, EC1)

D75

Harrow (NW)

D76

Buckhurst Hill (NE)

D77

Loughton (NE)

D94

Woodford Bridge (NE)

D97

Carshalton (S)

E78

Chigwell Road (NE)

E95

Brentford (W)

E97

Isleworth (W)

F07

Ilford (E)

F08

Barking (E)

F10

Chadwell (E)

F20

Woodford Green (NE)

F36

Surbiton (SW)

F38

Stanford Le Hope (E)

F40

Grays (E)

F41

Purfleet (E)

F42

Rainham (E)

F58

Ponders End (N)

G09

St Mary Cray (SE)

G22

Eltham (SE, SE9)

G78

Upper Edmonton (N, N18)

G80

Lower Edmonton (N, N9)

G93

Orpington (SE)

H50

Sidcup (SE)

H71

Harrow Weald (NW)

H73

Wealdstone (NW)

H97

Chelsfield (SE)

H99

Thames Ditton (SW)

J16

Farnborough (SE)

J32

East Molesey (SW)

J63

Wallington (S)

J64

Sudbury (NW)

J85

Old Charlton, Church Lane (SE, SE7)

J86

Old Charlton, Woolwich Road (SE, SE7)