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Certificate of Posting Charges 1877-1982


1973 - certificate of posting for 8 letters (detailed on back)
The introduction of certificates of posting for ordinary, non-registered letters, at a nominal charge of d paid by means of a stamp on the form, was strongly urged by Rowland Hill in the 1840s as an additional means of security in the mails, but the proposal met with a cool reception. Abortive experiments with certificates stamped with a d embossed die were finally carried out in a few major cities in 1877-82, but it was not until 1911 that the Post Office introduced them nationwide as a regular service.

The fee was per item posted and always nominal. In 1982 it was abolished completely. The various special services such as registration had their own certificates as proof of posting, but these were given free as part of the service.

Date Charge Notes
1877
(14 Nov)
d each Tried experimentally in three towns -- Liverpool, Birmingham and Bath -- until 30th November 1878, although some have been recorded used (unofficially) in London
1878
(1 Dec)
Experiment ceased Issue of certificates discontinued on 17th January 1879, although some were used after this
1881
(1 Jan)
d each Tried experimentally again in Glasgow until 8th February 1882
1882
(9 Feb)
Experiment ceased
1911
(2 Oct)
d per item posted From 10th September 1912 more than one item of mail could be included on a certificate - they had spaces for additional addresses
1957
(1 Oct)
1d per item
1971
(15 Feb)
1p per item
1982
(1 Feb)
Charge abolished Certificates now free of charge on request (recent ones are printed from the counter machine rather than being a separate form)