Cardiff (GB)

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Cardiff (Welsh: Caerdydd) is the capital and largest city in Wales and the ninth largest city in the United Kingdom. Caerdydd (the Welsh name of the city) derives from the earlier Welsh form Caerdyf. The change from -dyf to -dydd shows the colloquial alteration of Welsh f [v] and dd [ð], and was perhaps also driven by folk etymology (dydd is Welsh for 'day' whereas dyf has no obvious meaning). This sound change had probably first occurred in the Middle Ages; both forms were current in the Tudor period. King Edward VII granted Cardiff city status on 28 October 1905, and the city acquired a Roman Catholic Cathedral in 1916. King Edward VII granted Cardiff city status on 28 October 1905, and the city acquired a Roman Catholic Cathedral in 1916. In subsequent years an increasing number of national institutions were located in the city, including the National Museum of Wales, Welsh National War Memorial, and the University of Wales Registry Building—however, it was denied the National Library of Wales, partly because the library's founder, Sir John Williams, considered Cardiff to have "a non-Welsh population".

Cardiff Office Postmarks[edit]

Pre-stamp to 1899 1900-1999 2000-Present
Post Town by 1659

Money Order Office 1 October 1792
Numeral 612 allocated 1844
Savings Bank 9 December 1861
Telegraph Office 1870. Code used = CF

City Of Cardiff

45 - 46 Queens Arcade, Queen Street, Cardiff from 1994

No Change
CARDIFF Horseshoe cancel 1796 to Wesminster, London. 1/- rated cover.
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CARDIFF 1 single ring handstamp on registered FDC with block of 4 corner marginal £1 Brown KGVI on Festival of Britain cover. Registered label Cardiff 88 (N.B. Philatelic usage.)
CARDIFF 1 & 2 cancels using the * time-codes
1960 CARDIFF A WORLD REFUGEE YEAR Slogan used on Foreign mail.

Krag Machines[edit]

(See: Note below Bute Docks Office.)

CARDIFF PAQUEBOT Straightline Sept 1911
A Hand driven Krag machine was in use at Cardiff 1912-15 it has a distinctive 'dotted cross' after CARDIFF. O.H.M.S. cover to Newport, from Cardiff Engineering Department.
CARDIFF PAQUEBOT July 1914

Cardiff Docks, Sub Office and Branch Office Postmarks[edit]

An important feature of Cardiff was the rise in dockyards and the industry brought lots of post with it. Offices were set up specifically to handle the increased volume of mail. After a brief post-war boom, Cardiff docks entered a prolonged decline in the interwar period. By 1936, their trade was less than half its value in 1913, reflecting the slump in demand for Welsh coal. Bomb damage during the Cardiff Blitz in World War II included the devastation of Llandaff Cathedral, and in the immediate postwar years the city's link with the Bute family came to an end. The city was proclaimed capital city of Wales on 20 December 1955.

City Hall Red Yellow marker.png[edit]

Pre-stamp to 1899 1900-1999 2000-Present
Town Sub Office under Cardiff May 1912

Money Order Office, Savings Bank & Telegraph Office. Code used = ZCV.
Closed 1964 or 1965

A short lived Sub-Office lasting from 1912-1968

CITY HALL B.O. CARDIFF parcel cancel 1945

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Bute Docks B.O. Cardiff Double circle 3 on PC in the shape of a suitcase, with the stamp and address on an attached label. The card opens up to reveal 24 colour images of South wales. Printed in Germany. 1910 sent locally.
Pre-stamp to 1899 1900-1999 2000-Present
Post Office under Cardiff 19 January 1847

Money Order Office 27 July 1854
Savings Bank 9 December 1861
Numeral D57 issued 1868
Telegraph Office 1870. Code used = CBV
Numeral 162 Duplex issued 3 January 1879

Changed from Branch Office to Town Sub Office 8 June 1984

A sub-office set up to cope with mail from the dockyard companies and associated business within Bute Docks.
It is thought that there was no Krag machine at Bute Docks, for cancelling large volume of ship mail. It is likely they were done at Westgate Street, Cardiff and used on mail landed at Fishguard from the Transatlantic liners. (See: Cardiff Office Krag machine above.)
Its modern name is Bute East Dock as the Bute West dock was reclaimed for land in the 20th century the development is now called Atlantic Wharf.

GB Postal card sent from Bute Docks Cardiff to Germany 1882
GB Cover sent from Bute Docks Cardiff to Bordeaux, France
CARDIFF BUTE DKS 1917 roller cancel
Only known copy of a Universal Machine CBV triangle Printed Matter postmark CBV = Cardiff Bute Docks code

East Dock / Cardiff Docks Black marker.png[edit]

Pre-stamp to 1899 1900-1999 2000-Present
Money Order Office, Savings Bank and Telegraph Office 1 May 1874

Duplex 162 issued 1874 & 1880 Closed 30 March 1895

A branch-office set up to cope with mail from the dockyard companies and associated business within the East Dock area.
The area later became known just as the Cardiff Docks.
Cardiff Docks office also served as the Telegraph Office for the area of the docks.

CARDIFF DOCKS 1884 2/6 Lilac
CARDIFF DOCKS T.O 1894 2/6 Lilac

Barry Dock Red marker.png[edit]

Pre-stamp to 1899 1900-1999 2000-Present
Branch Post Office established 1 August 1890

Duplex numeral 162 issued
Telegraph Office. Code used = CFK
Renamed Barry B.O 1 July 1897

A branch-office set up to cope with mail from the dockyard companies and associated business within Barry Docks.
The branch office ran under Cardiff control and had handstamps BARRY DOCK B.O. CARDIFF See also Barry (GB)

Barry Dock B.O. used as a receiver.

Canton Sub OfficeBlue marker.png[edit]

Pre-stamp to 1899 1900-1999 2000-Present
Town Sub Office under Cardiff January 1853

Money Order Office 1 January 1861
Savings Bank 10 March 1862
Telegraph Office 1870. Code used = CBT
Replaced by Cowbridge Rd 1 January 1890
Re-established as Branch Office 1 December 1893
Money Order, Savings Bank & Telegraph Office. Code used = CBT

Changed to a Modified Scale Payment Office 1990s' Changed to a Main Office 5 August 2013
CANTON S.O. CARDIFF 1897

Roath OfficePurple marker.png[edit]

Another dockland office.

Pre-stamp to 1899 1900-1999 2000-Present
TSO under Cardiff. Money Order Office 1 April 1865

Savings Bank 1 July 1865
Money Order & Savings Bank discontinued 2 July 1866
Money Order & Savings Bank services re-established by 1871
Telegraph Office 31 July 1876. Code used REC
Telegraph code used CBU 28 October 1884
Renamed ‘Castle Rd.,Roath’ 1 January 1890
Changed to BO 1 December 1894

Renamed ‘Roath’ again April 1906

Closed 1 February 1985

ROATH-CARDIFF Cancel codes 2 and 1

Castle Road Roath OfficeYellow marker.png[edit]

Castle Road, Roath office, the road name has subsequently been changed to City Road.
It was a Sub office of Cardiff 1.

Pre-stamp to 1899 1900-1999 2000-Present
Town Sub Office under Cardiff 1 January 1890

Money Order Office, Savings Bank & Telegraph Office. Code used = CBU
Changed to a Branch Office 1 December 1894

Renamed ‘Roath’ 1906 (by at least March 1906)
CASTLE RD ROATH B.O. CARDIFF Cancel code 2
CASTLE RD. ROATH B.O. CARDIFF 1

Bargoed Office Pink marker.png[edit]

Bargoed (Welsh: Bargod) is a town in the Rhymney Valley, Wales, one of the South Wales Valleys. It lies on the Rhymney River in the county borough of Caerphilly and straddles the ancient boundary of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire, with Bargoed originally lying within the old county of Glamorganshire whereas Aberbargoed was in the old county of Monmouthshire. 'Greater Bargoed', as defined by the local authority Caerphilly County Borough Council, consists of the towns of Bargoed, Aberbargoed and the village of Gilfach. Formerly under Newport Post Office

Pre-stamp to 1899 1900-1999 2000-Present
Post Office under Newport,

Money Order office by 1867 RSO (Mon) 1872
Under Cardiff 1878
Money Order Office & Savings Bank 1 October 1881
Telegraph Office 14 May 1895. Code used = QJA

Post Town 1 June 1932

Changed from a BO to a Modified Scale Payment Office 1990

BARGOED CARDIFF 1912
BARGOED CARDIFF 1904 and BARGOED 1905 single ring type examples
BARGOED CARDIFF Time coded 1929 Birmingham type.

Llanbradach Brown marker.png[edit]

Llanbradach is a village in the Welsh county borough of Caerphilly, within the historic boundaries of Monmouthshire, south Wales less than 3 miles north of the town of Caerphilly. It is mostly residential, and contains three pubs, a primary school, a small local shopping area, a recreation ground, a library, two doctor's surgeries, and a youth centre. Being a traditional long and narrow South Wales Valleys village, its potential for expansion is restricted by the river on its eastern side and the hillside to the west.

Pre-stamp to 1899 1900-1999 2000-Present
LLANDBRADACH CARDIFF 1906


Sengenydd Cyan marker.png[edit]

Senghenydd (Welsh: Senghennydd) is a village in the Aber valley, roughly four miles north-west of the town of Caerphilly. Traditionally within the county of Glamorgan it is in the community of Aber Valley in the county borough of Caerphilly, Wales.

Pre-stamp to 1899 1900-1999 2000-Present
Post Office under Cardiff named 'Senghenith' 1 February 1895

Money Order Office & Savings Bank
Telegraph Office 29 September 1896. Code used = XNH

Post Office named ‘Senghenydd' 1 October 1904

Under Caerphilly 1 June 1932

Relocated 20 May 2012 as Post Office Local
SENGENYDD CARDIFF 1908