London District Office (GB)

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Partial scan of the London District type cancel records.

Illustration Ref:H.C.Westley- Postal Cancellations of London, 1840-1890

As the postal operations increased, it became necessary to split the operations of The London GPO into Mail that was circulating within London and mail that was going out of London. Mail that was posted and staying in London became the domain of the London District Post. These Postal cancellations came into being in 1844. The postal offices within the London Districts were each given a numbered cancellation for use on mail. Each of these offices were grouped into what were known as Routes or Rides, feeding post into the center of London to the Chief Office and feeding from the Chief Post office back out into the London area. The following link is a zoomable map of the London Rides (in Red). London Rides


Ref: John Parmemter - Low Number Suburban Ovals

The London District Post consisted of three catergories:

1 - Suburban Receiving Houses in the Country Area of the London District Post, Numbers 1- 42, 49 and 59 to 62

2 - Town Receiving Houses in the Town Area of the London District Post, Numbers 43 to 48

3 - The Chief Office, Numbers 50 to 80

The following are examples of the Low Number Cancellations from the Suburban offices in the London District Post. The first series were issued during May 1844 and consisted of numbers 1 to 48. Each is a number within a circle enclosed by an oval of horizontal bars. These cancellations are all scarce to very rare.Some exist only within the GPO Proof book. Generally coloured black but many also exist in blue, and occasionally in green or other colours.

The Rides were as follows, generally ending in a office of the General Post:

Highate (1) - Finchley (2) - Whetstone (3) - Barnet (937)

Hampstead (4) - Hendon (5) - Edgeware (6) - Stoke Newington (7) - Tottenham (8) - Edmonton (10) Enfield (11)

Bow (12) - Stratford (13) - Leyton (14) - Woodford (15) - Chigwell (16) - Ilford (17) - Romford (668)

Deptford (18) - Greenwich (20) - Woolwich (21) - Eltham (22) - Bexley (23)

Dulwich (24) - Sydenham (25) -Beckenham (26) - Bromley (144)

Clapham (27) - Tooting (28) - Mitcham (29) - Carshalton (30)- Croydon (938)

Wandsworth (31) - Putney (32) - Mortlake (33) - Richmond (34) - Twickenham (35) - Hampton (36) - Kingston (422)

Brompton (37) - Kensington (38) - Hammersmith (39) - Acton (40) - Brentford (41) - Hounslow (394)

Paddington (42)

Note: In August 1850 Paddington was changed to number 59 and three additional offices were added to the Harrow ride, which became:

Paddington (59) - Kilburn (60) - Willesden (61) - Harrow (62)

Low Number Suburban Oval Cancellations of the London District Post 1 - 42[edit]

Note: No. 49 (Greenwich) is known used from September 1859, the date of issue is unknown.

No. 3 Whetstone - Black
No. 5 Hendon - Black
No. 6 Edgeware - Black
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No 7 Stoke Newington - Black
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No 7 Stoke Newington - Blue
No 8 Tottenham - Black
No 8 Tottenham - Blue
No. 10 Edmonton - Black
No. 13 Stratford - Black
No. 15 Woodford - Blue
No. 18 Deptford - Black
No. 20 Greenwich - Black
No. 20 Greenwich - Blue
No. 21 Woolwich - Black
No. 22 Eltham - Black
No. 27 Clapham - Black
No. 27 Clapham - Blue
No. 28 Tooting - Black
No. 28 Tooting - Blue
No. 30 Carshalton - Black
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No. 31 Wandsworth - Black
No. 32 Putney - Black
No. 34 Richmond - Black
No. 35 Twickenham - Black
No. 36 Hampton - Black
No. 36 Hampton - Blue
No. 37 Brompton - Black
No. 37 Brompton - Blue
No. 38 Kensington - Black
No. 39 Hammersmith - Black
No. 40 Acton - Black
No. 41 Brentford - Black
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No. 42 Paddington - Black

Low Number Town Oval Cancellations of the London District Post 43 - 48[edit]

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No. 45 Portland Street - Black
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No. 48 Shoreditch - Black
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No. 49 Greenwich - Black

Chief Office Numbers 50 to 80[edit]

52 District Office cancel of Chief Office
53 District Office cancel of Chief Office
53 District Office cancel of Chief Office on cover
54 District Office cancel of Chief Office
55 District Office cancel of Chief Office
60 District Office cancel of Chief Office
64 District Office cancel of Chief Office
62 District Office cancel used at the Chief Office until 1850
62 District Office cover with Up(per) Baker Str(eet) straightline cancel in blue.
72 District Office cancel of Chief Office.
77 District Office cancel of Chief Office
Holborn E C straightline cancel
66 Chief Office cancel on Plate 57

Miscellaneous Cancels[edit]

Duplex cancels[edit]

A series of Duplex cancels were issued in 1853 with numbers from 71 to 80
They were succeeded by another type in 1855 again numbered 71-80 and again by a third series in 1857.

#72 duplex from the first 1855 issue of handstamps. '8MG Aug 24 53 signifying morning post usage.

Kentish Town[edit]

KENTISH-TOWN NW 9 in circle District Office cancel 1881

Despatch marks[edit]

London District Despatch mark on letter to Nova Scotia, for Packet letters. Codes used L, D and N