British Mileage marks.

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British Mileage Marks.

In 1804 unframed circular dated mileage marks began to be used.
There were variations in size and some incorporated lines or stars in the mark.
This example of the CHELTENHAM 18APR18 1813 101 is interesting in that the Alan Robertson book lists Cheltenham as being 95 miles from London. Also fascinating is that the letter is contained as a separate sheet within the outer cover, similar to the modern method of a sheet of paper in an envelope. The folds show that this was done at the time and not at a later date by tearing the page off. Somehow that slipped through the net as a 'single' letter as it was only charged for the correct single rate at the time ie. 9d. The Post Office practice was to hold the letter up in front of a candle to let the light shine through to see if there was an 'enclosure' but they obviously missed this one. Had it been detected it would have been charged as a 'double' ie. 1/6d

Cheltenham 18APR18 1813
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The two marks below illustrate the variations in size of marks. They are both Salisbury marks and the first is SALISBURY FE14 1826 84 27mm. and the second SALISBURY AP20 1819 84 40mm. The latter has a circle at each side of the '84'. A pity it is such a poor copy but suffices for illustration purposes.

Salisbury FE14 1826 84
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Salisbury AP20 1819 84
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Shown below is a 'single-arc' type of mark with curved bars between the name and the mileage. This is a BRIGHTON MA23 1827 58 mark. Originally BRIGHTHELMSTONE a small fishing village in Sussex, it grew in popularity when sea bathing was thought to be of benefit. The Prince Regent — later King George IV, made it almost his second home, but he decided that the name was too cumbersome, so suggested it be shortened to BRIGHTON

Brighton MA23 1827 58
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These circular marks were also undated as is illustrated by the AXMINSTER 150 example below.

Axminster 150
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