London (GB)

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London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom.Standing on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans, who named it Londinium.London's vast urban area is often described using a set of district names, such as Bloomsbury, Mayfair, Wembley and Whitechapel. These are either informal designations, reflect the names of villages that have been absorbed by sprawl, or are superseded administrative units such as parishes or former boroughs.

Such names have remained in use through tradition, each referring to a local area with its own distinctive character, but without official boundaries. Since 1965 Greater London has been divided into 32 London boroughs in addition to the ancient City of London. The City of London is the main financial district, and Canary Wharf has recently developed into a new financial and commercial hub in the Docklands to the east. The London General Post Office used a similar naming conventions (e.g. EC= East Central; N = Northern) when it organised its operations from 1840 onwards. The London Post Office Model is well documented historically and was mirrored by many countries around the world. See the following sub categories for postmarks.

The Postal Divisions[edit]

London District Office (GB) London EC (GB)Green marker.png London NW (GB)Yellow marker.png London SE (GB)Blue marker.png
London W (GB)|Black marker.png London WC (GB)Pink marker.png London E (GB)Brown marker.png
London SW (GB)Purple marker.png London N (GB)Grey marker.png London NE (GB)Cyan marker.png London S (GB)Orange marker.png

London Postmarks (not covered on above pages)[edit]

The first dated postmark known as the Bishop Mark was used in London from 1661 named after the inventor Henry Bishop.
London Inland Service Maritime Mail - The Maritime Mail postmark is primarily used on letters posted from Royal Naval and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels.
London Ship Mail - Ship Mail letter from Bengal to Plymouth via London, with Oval SHIP LETTER LONDON receiver.
Philatelic postmarked cover cancelled to order showing the VR 4 portion of the London 'Bickerdike' Machine cancel. The CD portion has been blanked when cancelled by favour.

The Square Circle Postmarks of London Please click. The Hoster Machine Postmarks of London Please click.

Foreign Branch & Foreign Service cancels[edit]

Undated Foreign Service handstamp LONDON on QEII postcard to Strömsnäsbruk Sweden