You may be interested to know that I have written a book, published 2015 by the Scottish Postal History Society as one of their series of monographs. You will probably not be surprised to learn that the title is “The Postal History of Berwick-upon-Tweed.”
The following extract explains the idea behind these monographs.
“The purpose of these monographs is to capture, preserve and disseminate, for the benefit of all postal historians, the tremendous amount of research and knowledge on a wide variety of Scottish postal history topics contained within displays given to the society.
The Society’s intended process for publishing monograph will be to simply scan the appropriate number of sheets from a display and add a 1000 – 2000 word introduction, much along the lines normally given to introduce a display.
The book (ISBN 978-1-908139-07-8) is A4 size, softback and comprises 171 pages. It begins with a brief outline of the history of Berwick-upon-Tweed and then the postal history of the town. Next there is a section on attempts to speed the mails between Edinburgh and Newcastle during the 1830s. There follows a table showing the hand stamps that were used in Berwick together with known dates of use. Further sections include the additional halfpenny, skeleton cancellations, instructional marks and the railway at Berwick. I have also included copies of a few old road maps. The book is on sale now at a price of £17 plus postage and packing to members of the Scottish Postal History Society or £20 plus p&p to non-members. It can be ordered through the Scottish Postal History Society.
Whether you are interested in purchasing the book or not it’s worth visiting the website of the Scottish Postal History Society at www.sphs.org.uk to find out all about the society. If you have an interest in any aspect of Scottish Postal History, I can thoroughly recommend that you join the society.
Whilst collecting Berwick Postal History I have found the following publications particularly useful and I would recommend them to any collector of Postal History.
The British County Catalogue of Postal History Willcocks & Jay
The Additional Halfpenny Mail Tax 1813 to 1839. W.G. Stitt Dibden
Great Britain Post Roads and Postal Rates. A. Robertson
Skeleton Postmarks of England and Wales. J. Mackay
The Travelling Post Offices of Great Britain & Northern Ireland. H. Wilson.
Rates to Reform Rex Clark
Post Office Records