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The Middlesbrough & District Philatelic Society was founded in 1948. We have regular meetings and welcome visitors to our meetings. These are a variety of displays by invited speakers, competions, members' evenings and vists from other societies. You can see our meeting dates, venue and subjects for our meetings below.

If you are a stamp collector in the Middlesbrough area why not come and find out more about us?

Our members are always ready to help less experienced collectors with advice, answer their questions and try to solve their philatelic problems.

The background to this section is the famous Middlesbrough Transporter - why not let us transport you to the wonderful world of philately? Come and join us!

Our Secretary (see contact details below) will be pleased to provide more information about our activities and how to join the Society.


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 Middlesbrough Bowling Club, Cornfield Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough TS5 5QL on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from September to April, meetings start at 7.30pm with displays at 7.45pm and finish by 9.30pm. The Society has 10 frames each holding 8 sheets.


For more information, membership application etc contact our Honorary Secretary:

Mr Phill Harriman
95 Thames Avenue, Guisborough TS14 8AQ
Telephone: 01287 637270


President: Mr Derek Lilley

Honorary Secretary: Mr Phill Harriman

Our 2015-2016 Syllabus


23 September

New Acquisitions, Subscriptions and chat

14 October

Bob Williams: Charles Darwin

28 October

Frank Carroll: Sweden

11 November

Mike Mood: Development of Stamps in the 1960s

25 November

Spirit of Teesside - Part 1

9 December

Social Evening


13 January

President's Night: Thirsk Postal History

27 January

Peter Chadwick: East Prussia

10 February

Spirit of Teesside Trophy Part 2 and David Watson

24 February

Stephen Dixon Nepa President & Fleming Cup

9 March

Spouse Shield, Poscards and Syllabus planning

23 March

Stephen Holder: His Favourite Display

13 April

Mike Lewis, YPA President: His Choice

23 April

NEPA Convention at Bowburn, Durham DH6 5AT

27 April

AGM & Members one frame displays

4 June

YPA Convention at Rye Hills School, Redcar TS10 2HN


Diary of Philatelic Events

Yorkshire Philatelic Association Home Page

Middlesbrough History Site


The first Middlesbrough postal marking was the two-line "MiddlesBro / Penny Post" known used in black from 1839 to 1841.

From 1842 to 1843 a Middlesbrough circular undated double arc hand-stamp was in use with the name spelt as "MIDDLESBOROUGH", known used in red, blue and black.

The barred numeral type cancellers began to be issued in England in May 1844 with a different number allocated to each office. The initial series ran from 1 to 936. In 1854 cancellers were issued with a combined circular date stamp and a barred numeral obliterator (the so called 'Duplex' hand-stamps). Number 946 was assigned to Middlesbrough. This type of hand-stamp was in use until the beginning of the 19th century.

Middlesbrough Cover

Above: 1878. Cover with 1d red cancelled by Middlesbrough duplex, numeral 946.

Middlesbrough Newspaper 

Above: 1887. Half-penny newspaper wrapper to Sweden cancelled by
Middlesbrough duplex, numeral 946.

Middlesbrough Duplex Cancel.

Above: 1898. The Duplex cancel on a pair of half-penny red stamps.

Duplex Cancel.

Above: 1900. The Duplex cancel on a pair of half-penny green stamps

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