London General Post Branch Offices

General Post Branch Offices — Lombard Street — Unpaid Marks.

The Office at Lombard Street was on the ground floor of the building that had housed the Head Office before it was moved to St. Martin's Le Grand.
With its central location the Lombard Street Office served the General Post in the centre of the city.

address panel ls 23 april 1831
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Type 1. Standard Series.
In use Oct. 1829 to Dec 1832

This letter bears a Type 1 unpaid mark of Lombard Street dated 23rd April 1831. In use from October 1829 to December 1832 the frame size was 20 x 21. It had moveable characters and was struck in blue ink from October 1829 and red from June 1831. The letter, addressed to Robert Tucker Esq, Ashburton, reads:-

Cornhill London 23rd April 1831
Robert Tucker Esq
Sir,
Your favor of the 21st inst is to hand and I shall thank you to alter the policy from Ormond to Osmond which alteration has been made in our Books, the mistake arose from the name having been written indistinctly in the proposal
I am Sir, Your very Hble Svt
Ebnr Herme

address panel ls 29 May 1832
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Type 1. Standard Series.
In use Oct. 1829 to Dec 1832

Type 1b variant was in use from January 1832 to May 1832. It has a slightly different frame and characters with a round topped figure 3.

Addressed to James Dunlop Esq, Annanhill, by Kilmarnock N.B. Lombard Street datestamp is 29 May 1832.

The letter reads
London. 29th may 1832
My Dear Sir
Your favor of 24th inst. reached me yesterday and I now return you the Bill on Fairlie & Co enclosed, accepted by the new Firm.
Captain Grote(?) has today paid over to me, as you desired £78.15/- amount of money found in the desk of our lamented friend Ker proceeds of part of his effects sold at Madras. There is a trunk or chest still in the India Warehouse which with his desk, I will take every care of taking them with me to Scotland. These mournful relics of one we held so dear will make our meeting a very sad one, but it affords me much satisfaction to learn that Mrs Dunlop and Henrietta are supporting their severe lofs with resignation.
I wrote Margaret yesterday as soon as I learnt that you had communicated the distrefsing tidings to her.
The delay I have met with here and in Liverpool has amazed me much and I have given up my intention of visiting Cheltenham at present. I expect to be able to leave this on my way North by way of Liverpool tomorrow week meantime I am drinking the waters at this Beulah Spa at Norwood 8 miles from town where I have lodgings, which I hope will relieve me from the effects of a tropical climate
I take very kind and friendly the allusion you make to a certain topic, upon which it is now likely we shall have too much time to confer when we meet
With affectionate regards to Mrs Dunlop and Henrietta believe me always
My dear Sir
Yours very truly
Rob. Parker Adam(?)
Can you let my mother know that I will write tomorrow.

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reverse panel ls 1833
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Type 2. Standard Series.
In use Dec. 1832 to Dec. 1833.

This letter, addressed to Mr Willm. Ward, Market Harbro', bears a Type 2 standard series mark, in use from December 1832 to December 1833. The frame size is 21 x 21.5. It had moveable characters and was struck in red ink. The letter reads:-

London 1 Jany 1833
Mr Wm Ward
Sir,
Your acceptance for £18.13.6 we have placed to the credit of Jno Kilbourn's account and provided we receive the remainder to make it 10 / (?) on our debt of 62.5.0 at midy. next. We will take it in full our loss will then be 31.2.6, too much for us to suffer by a man we have so very lately been doing business with.
We are sir
Yr ob. servs
Wilcoxons and Harding

reverse ls 1838
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Type 3. Standard Series.
In use from Jan. 1834 to May 1857.

This letter shows a variant of the Type 3 basic design and is listed by Hawkins as type 3b unpaid mark of Lombard Street dated 13th July 1838. Type 3b was in use from January 1838 to December 1842. The frame was approximately 21 x 21 and the height of the year figures was 3 mm.
Addressed to Colonel Hawes, 2 Marine Terrace, Ryde Isle of Wight the letter reads

London 13th July 1838.
Lieut. Col. George Hawes, 2 Marine Terrace, Ryde
Dear Sir,
We have to apologise for having in the press of business overlooked your letter of last week requesting us to send your account current — we now however annexe that document closed 30th ulto. with a balance in your favor of £332.13.7 which will on examination we hope prove correct. There are no letters with us at present for you.
We are Dear Sir, Yr Obdt. Servts.
Palm McKillop (?) and co.

reverse ls 1844
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Type 3. Standard Series.
In use from Jan. 1834 to May 1857.

This cover bears a variant of the Type 3 basic design and is listed by Hawkins as type 3c unpaid mark of Lombard Street dated 6th September 1844. The basic design was in use from January 1834 to May 1857 and type 3c from January 1843 to August 1849. The frame was 21 x 21.5 with cruciform design and the height of the year figures was 4.5 mm.

reverse ls 1850
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Type 3. Standard Series.
In use from Jan. 1834 to May 1857.

This cover with two 1d red adhesives shows a variant of the Type 3 basic design and is listed by Hawkins as type 3d unpaid mark of Lombard Street dated 5th December 1850. Type 3d was in use from August 1849 to December 1850. The height of the year figures was 5 mm.

reverse ls 1848
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Type 4. Additional Series with double frame.
In use Sept. 1842 to Mar. 1854.

This letter bears a Type 4a design mark in use September 1842 to December 1849. The frame was 24.5 x 24.5. The characters were moveable and it was struck in red ink. The black wafer seal on the reverse reads "Sadler Harrison and Co. London"
The letter is addressed to John Arnold Esq Solicitor New Street Birmingham and reads:-
Austin Friars
London 12 July 1848
Dear Sir, I have received your favor of yesterday with a Remittance for £48.10.10 per rent duely Mr Tyndall to Mr Guest(?) — No previous notification of your Father's Death has been made either to me or Mr Guest(?)
I am Dear sir Yours truly
Joseph Sadler
John (?) Solicitor
New street Mincing Lane

reverse ls 1848
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Type 4. Additional Series with double frame.
In use Sept. 1842 to Mar. 1854.

This letter dated April 19th 1850 has a Type 4b stamp in use from January 1850 to March 1854. This type has a new frame size 25 x 25.5. The date is sanserif, 'LS' is 5mm high and the year is high in the frame. It is interesting to note that the blue Preston stamp has the figures of the year reversed and it reads 8150 instead of 1850


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