Local Namestamps

Scots Local Namestamp was the name given to the undated postmarks used in the sub-offices and receiving houses of larger towns and cities and in the smaller rural post offices. Their period of use was from the introduction of Uniform Penny Postage on 10th January 1840 until their withdrawal 17th March 1860. During this period these smaller offices used the namestamps to show the point of origin of the letter, generally these were struck on the reverse of letters and envelopes. From 26th October 1854 to 17th March 1860 the GPO allowed their use to obliterate adhesive postage stamps. However despite this directive approximately 66% of these namestamps are unknown used as cancellations.

These namestamps can be put into 5 basic groups, A to E and within these groups the size of the postmark, lettering, boxes, circles and lines can vary greatly. Not every variety of a postmark type can be found from the county. Postmarks of the following groups are known from Lanarkshire. There is a link at the bottom of this page which will take you to some pages from my collection.

Group A

Type A1 Roman capitals in one line without a frame. Most of these date from the prestamp era.

Group B

Type B1 large san serif capitals between single lines

Group C

Type C1 San serif capitals in a circle with a double arc below.

Type C2 Roman capitals in a circle with a double arc below.

Group D

Type D1 san serif capitals in a box.

Type D7 Roman capitals in a box.

Group E

Type E1 San serif italic capitals between two lines. 

Datesatamp used as a cancellation

During this period Coatbridge used the full datestamp as a cancellation. The datestamp was also used without the date as a Local Namestamp.

Click here to view page from my Local namestamp collection.