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Bridlington Postal History

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This site was last updated on 12 November 2017

Bridlington Coat of Arms.


Bridlington & District Philatelic Society was founded in December 1946 and offers stamp collectors in and around Bridlington friendly and informal meetings, opportunities to buy and exchange material, and regular meetings where members can see varied displays and meet fellow collectors. We welcome both beginners and experienced stamp collectors and postal historians. Our experienced collectors are always ready to help new collectors to develop and improve their collections with advice, to answer questions and try to solve philatelic problems.

We are affiliated to the Yorkshire Philatelic Association (YPA), and our members enjoy the additional benefits this brings in participation in national and regional exhibitions and conventions.

Our Annual Subscription is: 5.00


Visitors are always welcome at our meetings. If you are a stamp collector why not come along and find out more about our Society? See our Syllabus below for details of our meetings.

Our meetings are held on Fridays at Emmanuel Church Hall, Cardigan Road, Bridlington from 7pm until about 9pm.


For more information about the Society, or to apply for membership, contact our Secretary:

Mr Paul Riley
The Paddock, St Helen's Lane,
Reighton, Near Filey,
North Yorkshire YO14 9SB
Telephone: 01723 890192
Email: paulriley57@live.com

SOCIETY OFFICERS etc for 2017-18

President: Mr M Adams

Vice President: Mr P Arnett

Honorary Vice-President: Mr K Walker

Secretary: Mr P Riley    Contact details above

Treasurer: Mr D Driver    Telephone 01262 850488

Packet Secretsary: Mrs M Marlow, 5 Bempton Oval,
Bridlington YO16 7HW
   Telephone 01262 602710

Auctioneer: Mr M Adams    Telephone 01262 670882

Auctioneer's Co-ordinator: Mrs M Bell

Competition Secrtetary: Mr P Arnett    Telephone 07971 218756

YPA Delegate: Mr C Phillips/Mr T Lunn

Auditor: Mr R Taylor

Committee Members: Mrs M Marlow, Mr C Phillips

OUR SYLLABUS FOR 2017 to 2018


26 May

Trains and Boats and Planes: Members' Displays

30 June

My Collection: Graham Winters, YPA President


Society Meal (Details to be decided)

28 July

Beside the Seaside: Jim Daniel
(with additional material from Beryl Gallagher)

1 September

Competition: One to Four Sheets
Everyone brings along something

28 September


27 October

Captain Cook & Admiral Nelson: Trevor Wright & Tony Horsman

24 November

President's Night

8 December

Christmas Social Meeting including a presentation by Trevor Wright
on Postal History and Geneology


26 January

Competition Night (Including John Eaton Memorial Trophy & Peter Pearson Picture Postcard Cup)

23 February


30 March

Annual General Meeting - Including display of Society's YPA Qualifying
Competition Entries with Judge's remarks.

27 April

Stamps of the Overseas Empires of the European Powers (Members' Displays)


Diary of Philatelic Events

Yorkshire Philatelic Association Home Page

More useful links on the Yorkshire Philatelic Association's Links Page


The Eric Kilingley Collection

The late Eric Kiligley, a member of the Bridlington Philatelic Society, bequeathed his collection of Bridlington Postal History to the town. The collection is held in the Reference Library, King Street, Bridlington, and can be viewed upon application at the reception desk.

This is an on-going project to show items of Bridlington postal history. If you have items to include please email the Webmaster (below) with a suitable caption and an image (preferably as a jpeg image).

A useful introduction to the subject is the book published by
the Yorkshire Postal History Society entitled "The Postal
History of Bridlington, Filey and Hunmanby", available from
the YPHS price 4.50.
Bridlington Book.
The Straight Lined Hand-stamps

The earliest recorded postal markings for Bridlington were a straight two-lined hand-stamp in use from 1756 to 1796, followed in 1800 by a straight single-lined handstamp, thus:


1756 to 1796



These types of handstamps are found in different sizes (see the British County Catalogue of Postal History, Volume 4, by R M Willcocks and B Jay for full details).

Mileage Marks

In the eighteenth century the main postal routes radiated from London, and since letters were charged for the distance carried as well as the number of sheets and weight, it was important for receiving offices to know how far a letter had been carried as they were responsible for collecting the charge where the letter was unpaid. Therefore mileage marks were introduced showing each town's distance from London.

Bridlington was surveyed as being 243 miles from London and the earliest mileage marks from about 1801 show a straight line 'BRIDLINGTON' with '243' below. There was no standard spelling of the Town's name at this time and the earliest mileage mark was spelt 'BREDLINGTON'. In 1827 the mileage figure was removed.

1812 letter from Bridlington to London with mileage mark. Charged 1/- (one shilling) for a single sheet letter carried between 230 and 300 miles. This rate came into effect on 9 July 1812.

Bridlington Mileage Mark.

The Arced Circular Cancellations

Circular hand-stamps with a double arc at the base were in use from 1831 to 1839. From 1840 to 1845 it became a single arc cancel. A seperate cancel was used for 'BRIDLINGTON QUAY' from 1843 to 1849 and is found in blue and green as well as black.

Later 19th Century Cancels

From May 1844 a series of numbered cancellations were issued to English and Welsh towns alphabetically. Bridlington was allocated number '124' and BRIDLINGTON QUAY '125'. Early cancellers were horizontal bars in the shape of an oval. Later they became vertical barred ovals with a circular date stamp alongside - the so called 'duplex' cancels. They were in use until the squared circle postmarks took over, but in many places are found in use much later.

The Squared Circle Postmarks

The squared circles postmarks were introduced in the United Kingdom in late 1879 as an alternative to the duplex cancels, which were somewhat larger and more cumbersome to use. The additional arcs constituted the "killer" that marked the stamp as having been used. They declined in use from the 1910s, when new types of cancelling devices became available, and had disappeared by the 1930s.

The 20th Century and Modern Postal History

Modern postal history is not so avidly collected as the earlier periods, but still offers many interesting facets and fields of study.

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