Country Sorting Offices of London (GB)

From Stamps of the World


Based on the extract from the LHPG ( London Postal History Group, available as a download)

Postmark Types

This section Only deals with types L251-L253 and does not deal with the By-Post type cancels which will be dealt with seperately .

Year in curved Line
Black ink 1810-1837
Red ink 1811-1836
Blue ink 1819-1837
Green ink also known
Year in straightline serif letters
Black ink 1837-1847
Red ink 1839-1847
Blue ink 1839-1843
Green ink also known
Year in straightline sans-serif letters
Black ink 1846-1849
Red ink 1848-1849
Blue ink 1846-1848

History of their development and structure

In July 1809 the Sorting Offices in the Country area started to be issued with date stamps incorporating the name of the Office. These were required so that bye-letters, which did not go to one of the PrincipalOffices of the Twopenny Post in London, could have a date stamp applied. These stamps were also used, in lieu of Receiving House stamps, on some letters passing to the Town area, as well as on Cross Post letters. Country Sorting Offices on the Richmond Ride were issued with these date stamps in July 1809, those on the Brentford Ride in 1810, while the remainder of the Country Sorting Offices were issued with stamps in various months in 1811.

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NOTICE TO LETTER CARRIERS Relative to the Bye Post Regulations 1. THE LETTER CARRIERS must carefully sort out from their Collections every Letter intended for Delivery within the Ride to which they belong, and deliver all such letters to the Sorting Office where they attend. It is repeated they must be particularly careful that all such Letters be transferred to the office-Keeper, for delivery by the Bye Post, and that they be not sent up to London.

The above extract gives the instructions to Letter Carriers for the handling of letters passing from one part of a Ride to another, so that they do not have to pass to London.

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Two Penny Post Office ~ April 6th 1811 HIS MAJESTY'S POSTMASTER-GENERAL Being desirous of extending the Benefit and Accommodation afforded to the Public by Means of the Two-Penny Post Office, have been pleased to order that on and after the above date, Letters passing from 'one to another of the following Places.

- Kent Road, from the Bricklayers' Arms - Lee - New Cross - Eltham- Peckham - Charlton- Forest Hill - Woolwich- Deptford- Plumstead- Greenwich - Blackheath- Shooter's Hill and- Lewisham

or from one Part to another of either of the same Places, be delivered direct, by the Means of a Bye-Post, instead of being first sent to London.

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The above is part of a Notice to the Public, informing them of the establishment of the bye-post on the Woolwich Ride.


Similar notices were issued for other Rides, as follows:

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Woodford Ride - May 4th 1811 - covering the following places:

Bow - Barking -Woodford -Bromley [by Bow-Ed] - Ilford -Chingford - Holloway Down - Sewardstone - Old Ford - Leytonstone - Loughton - Stratford - Wanstead - Woodford Bridge - West Ham - Leyton - Chigwell - Chigwell Row - Upton - Walthamstow - East Ham - Snaresbrook

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Beckenham Ride - July 27th 1811 Camberwell South End - covering the following places: Walworth - Camberwell - Dulwich - Norwood -Sydenham - South End - Beckenham

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Enfield Ride - August 10th 1811- covering the following places: Kingsland - Ball's Pond - Dalston -Shacklewell - Hackney - Homerton - Clapton - Stoke Newington -Stamford Hill - Tottenham - Edmonton - Southgate - Winchmore Hill - Enfield Bull's Cross - Ponder's End - Enfield Highway

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Barnet Ride - September 21 st 1811 - covering the following places Islington - Pentonville - Highbury - Holloway - Battle Bridge - Pancrass - Sommers Town - Camden - Town - Kentish Town -Hampstead - West End - North End - Highgate - Hornsey - Finchley - Colney - Hatch - Fryern Barnet - East Barnet - Whetstone - Totteridge - Highwood Hill - Mill Hill - Hendon

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Willisdon Ride October 11th 1811 - covering the following places: Paddington - Edgware Road - Lisson-Green - Kilborn - The Hyde - Kingsbury - Willisdon

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County Sorting Offices

Most handstamps are known in Black, where another ink is known it is stated.

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Acton

Type 523 not known

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) ACTON 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters


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Barnet

Type 521 not known., Type 522 known in red

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) BARNET 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) BARNET 523 a.jpg
Type 523
Year in Straightline San-serif letters

Beckenham

Type 521 & 523 not known

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) BECKENHAM 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters

Bexley

Blacheath-Greenwich (used at Bexley)

Type 521 & 523 not known

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) BEXLEY 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters


Bow

Type 523 not known., Type 521 & 522 known in red

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) BOW 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters

Brentford

Type 523 not known.

Type 521
Year in Curved Line. MG duty
Type 521
11 June 1830 to Huth. Handstruck 3.
Type 521
Reverse: 12 Noon time mark.
Type 521
Year in Curved Line. EV duty
Type 521

Type 521
Reverse also 7 Night mark showing transfer to the London Post for delivery, L455


File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) BRENTFORD 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters

Bromley

Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters
Type 522
1d rate with Bromley TP, 2? Nov 1844
Type 523
Year in Straightline San-serif letters
Type 523
Keston undated from Bromley showing 1d plate 41
Type 523
transit mark of London GPO and receiving mark of Pontefract

Brompton

All are known in Red

Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters ex ebay in red, dated JY 26 1839
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) BROMPTON 523 a.jpg
Type 523
Year in Straightline San-serif letters
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Camberwell

521 also known in Red

Camden Town

Camden TN

Type 521
Year in Curved Line
Type 521
19 Sept 1826 use on entire to Beverley, Yorks. Appears charged 1s with handstruck 2.
Type 521
On reverse also double ring type L20 and 7 Night mark showing transfer to the General Post, L471b

Carshalton

Chigwell

Type 522 known in Green

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Chigwell 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters

Clapham

Type 521 known in Red 1820-1830 Black from 1830 onwards

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Clapham 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Clapham 523 a.jpg
Type 523
Year in Straightline San-serif letters

Croydon

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Croydon 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Croydon 523 a.jpg
Type 523
Year in Straightline San-serif letters
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Deptford

Type 521 known in Red 1811-1836 Black from 1832 to 1837

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Deptford 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters

Dulwich

East Sheen - Mortlake (used at Dulwich)

Type 521 and 522 only known in Red, 523 in black

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Dulwich 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Dulwich 523 a.jpg
Type 523
Year in Straightline San-serif letters
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Edgeware

Type 521 not known., Type 522 & 523 known in red

Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters dated NO 28 1841, EV.
Type 522
Shown on entire to Hertford dated NO 28 1841, EV.
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Edgeware 523 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Sans-Serif letters

Eltham

Type 521 and 522 both only known in Red

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Eltham 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters


Enfield

None recorded

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Finchley

Type 521 also known in Red 1831

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Finchley 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters


Fulham

None recorded

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Greenwich

Type 522 known in Red 1837-1846 Black from 1840 to 1842

Type 521
Year in Curved Line. EV duty
Type 521
26 Aug 1835 use on an item Addressed to "R Smith Two Penny P Office, London". Robert Smith was the Senior Clerk / Superintending President of the Twopenny Post Office. The "3" has been erased with type L664a, presumably as it was on official business.
Type 521
Reverse shows oval 7 Night mark showing transfer to the general post
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Greenwich 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters
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Hackney

Only 521 recorded

Hammersmith

Type 521
Year in Curved Line. EV duty
Type 521
12 Mar 1825 use on an item to the Indies House. The HammerFh E O 3 py P Paid mark (as L508) is unrecorded for this office. TP PAID 7 NIGHT (L492a) was applied at the Westminster office.
Type 521
struck on reverse
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Hammersmith 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters

Hampstead

None recorded

Hampton

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Hampton 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters


Harrow

None recorded

Hendon

Only Type 521 recorded

Highgate

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Highgate 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters


Hounslow

Type 522
Year in straightline serif letters. MG duty
Type 522
5 Aug 1844 use on an item to Oxford Street. Stamp cancelled "66" District PO numeral
Type 522
Reverse with 12 noon time mark. Not in London cat.
Type 522
Year in straightline serif letters. EV duty
Type 522
12 June 1844 use on an item to Oxford Street. Stamp cancelled "72" District PO numeral
Type 522
Reverse with 8 night time mark code B, L460.
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Hounslow 523 a.jpg
Type 523
Year in Straightline Sans-Serif letters
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Islington

Only Type 521 recorded


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Kennington

Only Type 521 recorded. In blue.


Kensington

Type 521 recorded in blue 1811-1837, red in 1812 and black 1815-1837

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Kensington 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters

Kent Road

Only Type 521 recorded. In blue in 1835.

Type 521
Year in Curved Line. EV duty
Type 521
7 Sep 1826 use on an item to Hoo in Kent. Charged 2d for the twopenny post, uprated to 8d in the general post
Type 521
Reverse shows octagonal 7 Night mark showing transfer to the general post L471 and a general office datestamp (L20)

Kilburn

None recorded


Kingston

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Kingston 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Kingston 523 a.jpg
Type 523
Year in Straightline Sans-Serif letters
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Leytonstone

Only Type 521 recorded

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Mitcham

Type 521 known in Red 1834

Type 521
Year in Curved Line, EV
Type 521
17 March 1830, post paid 1d
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters
Type 522
10 MY 1842 used on an item Addressed to "Mr W Hallis, Basingstoke". Also shows a feint Up Mitcham/1 py P Paid type L506/UPM6, and a double arc CDS of Basingstoke.
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Mitcham 523 a.jpg
Type 523
Year in Straightline San-serif letters

Mortlake

New Cross - Peckham (used at Mortlake)

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Mortlake 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Mortlake 523 a.jpg
Type 523
Year in Straightline San-serif letters
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Newington

Only Type 521 recorded

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Paddington

Type 521 used in blue, green and red, Type 522 in blue and green and Type 523 in black

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Paddington 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Paddington 523 a.jpg
Type 523
Year in Straightline San-serif letters

Peckham

Types 521 and 522 in red

Type 521
Year in Curved Line. EV duty
Type 521
19 Mar 1824 use on an entire to Ludlow. Originally Charged 3d with large 3 in black, cancelled by 12 bar erasure mark of the Chief office in red (L658a) and 2 added.
Type 521
Reverse shows two 7NT time marks, double oval L457 in red and octagonal L471 in black for transfer to the general post. L20 date marking also in black.


File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Peckham 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters

Putney

Types 521 and 522 recorded in blue

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Putney 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters
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Richmond

Type 521
Year in Curved Line. MG duty
Type 521
14 June 1811 on entire to Pall Mall. Marked Richmond 3py P Paid (L508, only recorded from 1812) and the 12 noon two Penny PPaid mark (L478). Inscribed "Richmond just in before 9 Friday morning June 14"
Type 521
Reverse:
Type 521
Year in Curved Line. EV duty
Type 521
10 Apr 1818 use on an item to the Foundling Hospital. Charged 2d post plus 1d London delivery - large 3 in black
Type 521
Reverse also oval 7 Night mark showing transfer to the London Post for delivery, L455
Type 522
Year in straightline serif. MG duty
Type 522
24 Mar 1845 use to Pall Mall. Stamp cancelled District Office number 68
Type 522
Reverse shows 12 Noon mark
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Richmond 523 a.jpg
Type 523
Year in Straightline San-serif letters

Romford

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Romford 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Romford 523 a.jpg
Type 523
Year in Straightline Sans-Serif letters
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Sommerstown

Only Type 521 recorded

Type 521
Year in Curved Line


South Lambeth

Only Type 521 recorded

Sou Lambh / South Lambeth

Only Type 521 recorded

Type 521
Year in Curved Line. EV at top
Type 521 entire
Note year shows 1834 on 27 Jan 1835. There is no evidence of a date in the SOU LAMBH mark, suggesting the 1834 mark was used deliberately

Stoke Newington

Type 521
Year in Curved Line, EV above, struck in black
Type 521
10 December 1836 on reverse of an entire to Dover
Type 521
Front with Stoke Newingt / 2py P. Paid. G.P / PAID shows the Letter was transferred paid to the General Post. London Paid mark. Strangely no Dover receiving mark

Stratford

Type 522 in red 1832 - 1842

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Stratford 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters


Sydenham

Type 521 in red 1814 - 1826 (black in 1825) and type 522 in red 1838-1845

Type 521
Year in Curved Line. EV duty
Type 521
27 June 1823 use on an item to the Strand. Charged 2d post plus 1d London delivery - large 3 in black. The letter mentions enclosures but there is no evidence they were charged.
Type 521
Reverse with oval 7 Night mark showing transfer to the London Post for delivery, L456


File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Sydenham 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Sydenham 523 a.jpg
Type 523
Year in Straightline San-serif letters
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Tooting

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Tooting 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters

Tottenham

Turnham Green - Acton used here Type 521 in red 1822 - 1833, type 522 in red 1838-1847 and type 523 in blue 1849


Type 522
Year in straightline serif letters. EV duty
Type 522
9 Oct 1847 use on a paid item to Prussia via Ostende. Paid 1/-.
Type 522
Reverse with entry mark "Aus ENGLAND Per AACHEN ot 11th and arrival mark of 14th.
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Tottenham 523 a.jpg
Type 523
Year in Straightline San-serif letters

Twickenham

None recorded

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Vauxhall

Only Type 521 recorded. Red in 1822


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Wandsworth

Both Types 521 and 522 in red

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Wandsworth 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters

Whetstone

Type 521 in red. Type 522 in red 1838-1844 and type 523 in blue 1850

File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Whetstone 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters
File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Whetstone 523 a.jpg
Type 523
Year in Straightline San-serif letters


Willisdon

None recorded

Woodford

Woodford Bridge . Chigwell used here

Woolwich

Types 521 in red 1812 - 1836


Type 521
Year in Curved Line. EV duty
Type 521
24 Feb 1832 use on an item to Grays Inn. Charged 2d post plus 1d London delivery - large 3 in black.
Type 521
Reverse with oval 7 Night mark showing transfer to the London Post for delivery, L457


File:Country Sorting Offices of London (GB) Woolwich 522 a.jpg
Type 522
Year in Straightline Serif letters