Bristol Postal History Group


We are a small group of enthusiasts who study and record most of the aspects of Bristol postal history from pre stamp - 1600's  to the present day.  We first met in 1998, and publish an informative journal two or three times per year.  There is a very large range of subjects which are of interest to us; from handstruck marks on prestamp covers, to all the different handstamps, meter marks, official paids and the range of different marks produced on the modern facing, cancelling and sorting machines.

We meet three times a year at the Church Hall, Priory Road, Easton-in-Gordano, BS20 0PA from 12:00 midday to 3:00 pm, where we are entertained by invited displays and by members’ displays of Bristol postal history, and we review progress on the Group project (a multi-volume book on the postmarks of Bristol and its sub-offices, now published - see below).

Our meetings for 2018 are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Friday 16th March 2018, where we saw "Items from Mike Brown's collection";
  • Friday 8th June 2018, where we saw "Parcel Post" displays by members;
  • Friday 19th October 2018, including the AGM, with a display of "Clifton" by Peter Kelly.

The Group is also involved in the Bristol Fair/Convention held annually at the Gordano School, Portishead, BS20 7QR, on Saturday 18th August 2018 10:00-5:00pm, admission £1, including a Bring & Buy and possibly a Group Display on a subject to be identified.  

The annual membership subscription is £10 (£15 for overseas membership) to cover the production and mailing of the Group newsletters.

One large project was to record every different steel/rubber date cancelling/charge mark 1730 to date. This proved to be a mammoth undertaking; we have over 4000 marks recorded and of some smaller post offices we have as yet no copies at all.  

The 4 volume work on this was published in June 2017 (see here for a Review) and is available for £75 plus £13 postage & packing (overseas extra) from our Treasurer, Roger Martin, by post at 1 Church Road, Easton-in-Gordano, Bristol BS20 0PQ.

For more information on the Group please email our Chairman, Keith Wright.