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This site was last updated on 23rd January 2016

ABOUT US

Barnsley Philatelic Society was founded on 7 January 1944 and offers stamp collectors in and around Barnsley 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 Association of British Philatelic Societies (ABPS) and the Yorkshire Philatelic Association (YPA), and our members enjoy the additional benefits this brings in discounts from certain philatelic suppliers and participation in national and regional exhibitions and conventions.

Our Annual Subscription is: £6.00 (Juniors 20p)




OUR MEETINGS

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.

We meet at the Friends Meeting House, Huddersfield Road (corner of Western Street and Huddersfield Road) Barnsley S70 2BP, at 7.30pm on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.



CONTACT US

Our Hon Secretary: Mr Nigel Harpham,
35 Queens Avenue, Barnsley, S75 2AZ
Telephone: 01226 930164



SOCIETY OFFICERS etc

President: Mr N Harpham

Vice President: Mrs J Fearons

Honorary Life Presidents: Messrs N Booth, K R Pemberton, P D Robinson

Hon Secretary: Mr N Harpham

Hon Treasurer: Mr T Shaw

Minutes Secretary: Mrs J Fearons

Syllabus Coordinator: Mr N Harpham

YPA Delegate: Mr D Brown

Librarian: Mr R Booth

Committee: Dr D M Athale, Messrs R Booth,
K Robinson, D Brown, J G Wass, J McGonigal




OUR SYLLABUS FOR 2015 to 2016

2015

9 September

Members: 12 Sheets or £1

23 September

His Stock: K Johnson

14 October

Egypt: R Wheatley

28 October

British Army: N Angell

11 November

Croatia: J Colton

25 November

Transporting the Mail: Mrs B Inger and M Inger

9 December

President's Evening: Nigel Harpham

12 December

Open Day: A Andrews

2016

13 January

DEF and Single Sheet: Members

27 January

Competition Evening: Members

10 February

Lord Mason in Philately

24 February

Dorothy and ALF: T Larkin

9 March

Visit from Morley Philatelic Society

23 March

Nyasaland: A J Plumbe

9 April

Open Day: A Andrews

13 April

Visit from Bradford Philatelic Society

27 April

Visit from Halifax Philatelic Society

11 May

Gilbert and Ellice Islands: N Booth

25 May

72nd Annual General Meeting

8 June

Indian Mutiny: M Smith

22 June

Lord Mason and Dickie Bird Competitions: Members

13 July

Informal: Members

27 July

Informal (Possible Quiz Night and Supper): Members



LINKS

Diary of Philatelic Events

Yorkshire Philatelic Association Home Page

More links on the Yorkshire Philatelic Association's Links Page



BARNSLEY POSTAL HISTORY

This is an on-going project to show items of Barnsley 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).

The Straight Lined Hand-stamps

The earliest recorded postal markings for Barnsley were a straight two-lined hand-stamp in use from 1739 to 1741, followed from 1742 to 1747 by a straight single-lined handstamp, thus:

BARNES
LY

1739 to 1741

BARNSLEY

1742 to 1747

From 1749 to 1799 these types of handstamps are found in different formats, spellings and 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 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.

Barnsley was surveyed as being 177 miles from London and earliest mileage marks from about 1800 show a straight line 'BARNSLEY' with '177' below. In 1817 the route was re-surveyed and the mileage was found to be wrong and changed to '176'. In 1824 a circular mileage mark came into use.

The Double Arced Circular Cancellations

Circular hand-stamps with a double arc at the base were in use during the 1840s. They were used in combination with a 'killer' to cancel the stamp.

Double Arc Cancel.
Letter from Barnsley to London 14 September 1842, with faint Maltese Cross cancelling
SG No 8 Queen Victoria 1d Red imperforate plate 22; K-J; letter K doubled. The letter
is from a Quaker with the Quaker style of dating. Quakers believe that the names of days
of the week and months are from heathen gods and should not be used. Instead they write
the date in all numerals, in this case September is written '9mo'.

The 'Skeleton' Marks

The so called 'Skeleton Marks' were in use from 1839 to 1847. These types of marking had a trial from the late 1830’s to the 1850’s. Being of moveable type they were used as ‘Travelling Stamps’, described in The British County Catalogue as ‘Shifting Stamps’ and also known as ‘Skeleton’ marks.

The Barred Oval and Duplex Cancellations

From May 1844 a series of numbered cancellations were issued to English and Welsh towns alphabetically. Barnsley was allocated number '49'. 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.

Duplex Cancel.
Mourning envelope from Barnsley to York, 14 June 1873.

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 disappeared by the 1930s.

Squared Circle Postmark.
Barnsley Squared Circle Postmark
dated 28 February 1900.
Squared Circle Postmark.
Barnsley Squared Circle Postmark dated
13 September 1906 on postcard to Wakefield.

The 20th Century

Modern postal history is seen by many as boring and not worth collecting - but can nevertheless be an interesting field to study.



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