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Handstamps

 

An 1814 entire letter from Berwick to Huddersfield bearing a 340 mileage mark.

 

The Handstamps of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

 

The illustrated list that follows shows the marks used in Berwick. The list runs from the earliest BARWICK mark through to the end of the use of mileage marks in 1829. I should mention that the spelling of the town name only became Berwick in the mid-1720s with the town being referred to as Barwick prior to that. Almost all the illustrations are from items in my collection, in some cases touched up. As you will see, some of the marks are poorer than others!

 

The reference numbers are taken from the British County Catalogue of Postal History Vol. 5 by Willcocks and Jay. Many of the dates of use that they listed have been extended since publication but it would be unfair to criticise this excellent piece of work for that. Today we have the benefits of hindsight, recent research, scanning technology, new discoveries and the internet for rapid information exchange. In the listing I do not include the British County Catalogue number NR123 as I believe this to be the same as NR120. Willcocks and Jay list NR120 as being a two line BER/WICK of size 20mm x 12mm recorded used in 1758 and NR123 as being a two line BER/WICK of size 21mm x 12mm recorded used in 1769. Having scanned and overlain marks from these dates I believe the two marks are one and the same, with the marginal increase in size simply due to the hand-stamp spreading over the years it was in use.

 

Please note that the marks may not be exactly to scale though the actual sizes are given.

 

The table below is an update on the earliest and latest dates known for the handstamps of Berwick up to 1840. Please note that the column labelled REF gives the reference numbers from Willcocks & Jay's "The British County Catalogue of Postal History vol 5.

 

W&J Ref        Size(mm)    Colour       Earliest and latest dates.     

 

BARWICK MARKS:

 

BARWICK

 

NR112             34x5           Black         1706 - 1718                

           

 

NR114                                 

NR114             30x4           Black       1720 - 21 Mar 1721

 

 

 

TWO-LINE BER / WICK

 

NR117                                  

NR117             23x12        Black        1731-1745

 

NR 120                          

NR120/123      20x12        Black         30 Oct 1757 - 24 May 1761

             (Please see note in the introduction regarding this mark.)     

 

W&J Ref        Size(mm)    Colour 

 

EARLY STRAIGHT LINE BERWICK

 

NR125b                                 

NR125              49x7          Black       1 Feb 1771-1775

 

 

NR128                                 

NR128               33x5         Black       4 May 1774 - 5 Apr 1776     

 

 

NR131                                

NR131                43x7       Black           1778

 

 

covers 2                               

NR134               48x6         Black        1781-1785

 

 

NR137                               

NR137             45x6           Black        1 May 1780 - 1783

 

 

NR139 (big)jpg                             

NR139             36x6            Black          1782 - 7 Jul 1785

 

W&J Ref        Size(mm)    Colour     

 

 BERWICK 337 MILEAGE MARKS

        Round tops to number 3 

 
   

 

NR 143                                  

NR143             34x14         Black          29 Aug 1786 - 1788

 

NR146                                  

NR146              40x13         Black      1788 - 30 Jul 1790

 

BERWICK 337 MILEAGE MARKS

        Straight tops to number 3

 

 

covers 4                                 

NR149              39x14        Black         27 Jul 1790 - 8 Dec 1790

 

NR152                                 

NR152             37x13          Black         13 Mar 1791 - 28 Jun 1791

 

W&J Ref        Size(mm)    Colour     

 

1790s   STRAIGHT LINE BERWICK

 

NR155                                 

NR155              34x6            Black        16 Se 1791 - 1793

 

W&J Ref        Size(mm)    Colour     Dates W&J           New dates.     

 

CIRCULAR BERWICK / ON / TWEED MARKS

 

NR158                                  

NR158                21            Black          1793 - 20 Sep 1795

 

 

NR160                                 

NR160                 24            Black         1794 - 6 Dec 1795

 

 

UNLISTED MARK.jpg                              

Unlisted             29            Black          Unlisted         18 Sep 1794

 

 

 

W&J Ref        Size(mm)    Colour

 

TWO-LINE CIRCULAR BER/WICK MARK

 

 

NR162                                   

NR162               26            lack         1 May 1795-1807     

 

 

 

W&J Ref        Size(mm)    Colour     Dates W&J           New dates.     

 

Early 1800  STRAIGHT LINE BERWICK

 

 

NR164                                  

NR164             42x7            Black      1801-1807

 

 

W&J Ref        Size(mm)    Colour   

 

BERWICK 340 MILEAGE MARKS

 

 

NR168                                   

NR168             28x11         Black      8 Jun 1801-1808

 

 

 

NR171                                  

NR171                26            Black     21 Apr 1801 - 9 Oct 1808

 

 

 

NR174                                 

NR174             31x13          Black     16 Feb 1809 - 15 May 1810

 

 

NR176                                 

NR176             35x19           Black     30 Aug 1810 - 23 May 1811

 

 

Untitled-1                                  

NR178              39x18         Black      1810 - 11 Aug 1812

 

 

NR180                                  

NR180             47x16          Black     9 Sep1812 - 26 Feb 1813

 

NR182                                  

NR182             32 x 15        Black    22 Mar 1813 - 13 Jun 1813

 

 W&J Ref        Size(mm)    Colour 

 

 

CIRCULAR MILEAGE  MARKS

 

With circles either side of the year.

 

NR184                                   

NR184              30        Black     1813 - 1819                       

 

 

As last, but without circles either side of the year.

 

PICT1698                                    

NR187             29      Black   1816-1826

                        

           Also found in Green     25 Aug 1823 - 19 May 1825              

 

 

As last, but with day of the month only shown once.

 


PICT1705                                  

NR190               30            Green         1826-1829      

 

 

As last, but with mileage erased.

 


NR192                                   

NR192                 29            Green        21 May 1829 -1831

 

DOUBLE ARC HANDSTAMPS      

 

 

NR196                26            4 Feb 1932 - 15 Jun 1940

 

 

NR197                25             19 Mar 1832 - 1944

 

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