London Inland Office Branch (GB) Page 3
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|Pre-stamp to 1899||1900-1999||2000-Present|
|The office came into existence with the end of the Two Penny Post in 1844
The Main office itself was generally known as E.C.D.O.,St.Martin’s-le-Grand, the Inland Office being a department therein.
|By 1907 ‘London Chief Office’ had moved to King Edward St, EC1
Closed 22 April 1994
- 1 1856/7 Re-issues
- 2 TOO LATE LONDON Duplex Hand-stamps 9 Bars of 2,5,5,2 Bars
1856 saw a major growth in the volume of letters being posted especially to other area's of the country as the postal service became more efficient and cost effective for the public. Hand-stamps were now only lasting for , in some cases less than 12 months before they needed replacement.
1856 Single Hand-stamps 13 (2,9,9,2) Bars Large Numerals
Single hand-stamps were re-issued in late September 1856 for numbers 1 to 40 (Less 9 & 38 due to inversion.)
Double hand-stamps were re-issued for numbers 45-47 in late September.
1857 TOO LATE LONDON Duplex Hand-stamps 13 Bars of 3,7,7,3 Bars
The TOO LATE LONDON dated duplex cancels numbers 76-78 followed in late November.
TOO LATE LONDON Duplex Hand-stamps 9 Bars of 2,5,5,2 Bars
Other configurations of bars apart from the 13 bars arranged 3,7,7,3 are also known but their date of issue is unknown at this time
1857 Single Steel Hand-stamps (2,8,8,3) Bars
The remainder of the single hand-stamps continued in late November completing numbers 52 - 75 with the ommission of No's 61,66 & 68.