British Postmark Society
Welcome to the British Postmark Society's Website
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The reason for the redesign of Post Office counter postage labels (Horizon labels) has become apparent with the change from 21st September 2015 at selected branches of a new print layout, initially only on Royal Mail Signed For and Special Delivery items. An example is shown here, for comparison with the old layout shown on the Horizon Labels page.

In autumn 2014 we published Volume 5, covering 2004-2013, of "Special Event Postmarks of the United Kingdom" by Alan Finch and Colin Peachey. Further details of this latest book from the British Postmark Society and how to order it can be found on the 'Publications' page.

Lists by County of Post Offices throughout the UK are now available on the website of BPS member Ken Smith, which can be found at
or by using the link on our "Links" page.

Also published in 2014 by the British Postmark Society was "Slogan Postmarks, 2000 to 2012" by Martin Grier, now available by mail order. For more details of this comprehensive work of reference about slogan postmarks of the 21st century, please see the "Slogans Book" page of this website. A supplement, "Slogan Postmarks of the UK, 2013-2014", is now available free as a download, using the link on the "Slogan Postmarks" page.


The British Postmark Society (BPS) was founded on 1st January 1958. It exists to promote and to co-ordinate the study and collection of British postal markings (particularly of the 20th and 21st centuries), and the means and mechanisms by which they are applied, and to publish and disseminate the results of our studies. Our members' interests include hand and machine datestamps, slogan and special event postmarks, explanatory and instructional labels and markings, Post Office and Post & Go (Self-Service) postage labels, Royal Mail SmartStamps and Online Postage indicia, and printed postage impressions of Royal Mail and other licensed postal operators.

The best general guide to our areas of study is the 9th Edition of 'Collect British Postmarks', which was published in December 2013 by Stanley Gibbons. The SG 8th Edition of 2011 was a successor to the 7th Edition published in 1997 by the British Postmark Society - itself based on the earlier works of the late Dr J T Whitney. This is a general guide to the study and collecting of British Postmarks from 1661 to the present. The new edition further updates postmarks and their prices, including the effects of recent reductions in the number of Mail Centres.

Our 2016 Annual General Meeting and Competition will be held at Spring Stampex on Saturday 20th February.

Page updated 22nd September 2015

This website is maintained by the Editor of the BPS Journal, John Enfield Please report any problems encountered with links or other issues regarding the site to John; if the link above does not work, please e-mail britishDOTpostmarksATwhichDOTnet - replacing the capitals with the appropriate characters.

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