Gloucester (GB)

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Gloucester is a city and district in southwest England, the county city of Gloucestershire. Gloucester lies close to the Welsh border, on the River Severn, between the Cotswolds to the east and the Forest of Dean to the southwest.
Gloucester was founded in AD 97 by the Romans under Emperor Nerva as Colonia Glevum Nervensis, and was granted its first charter in 1155 by King Henry II. The origins of the name Gloucester can be traced to Caerloyw in the modern Welsh. There are various appellations in history such as Caer Glow, Gleawecastre, Gleucestre as an early British settlement is not confirmed by direct evidence. However, Gloucester was the Roman municipality of Colonia Nervia Glevensium, or Glevum, built in the reign of Nerva. Parts of the walls can be traced, and a number of remains and coins have been found, though inscriptions are scarce. In Historia Brittonum, a fabled account of the early rulers of Britain, Vortigern's grandfather, Gloiu (or Gloyw Wallt Hir: "Gloiu Long-hair"), is given as the founder of Gloucester. Part of the foundations of Roman Gloucester can be seen today in Eastgate Street (near Boots), while Roman tombstones and a range of other Roman artefacts can be seen in Gloucester City Museum.

Gloucester was allocated the Post Office numeral of 312

Postmark Examples[edit]

1837 Single ring CDS
1991 Single ring CDS on pair of 5/- QV 1883 High Values issue
1895 Gloucester 4 Square Circle Postmark
1890 1½d brown Postal Card sent from Gloucester to Santiago, Chile. Sent by the Gloucester Railways Carriage & Wagon Company.
1890 Reverse with Santiago Chile receiver cancel and a transit cancel of Talcahuano, which is the port name at the town of Concepcion.
Gloucester Spoon B coded 312 cancel of 1854
Gloucester 312 duplex of 1992
Gloucester 5 'Birmingham' type ring cancel