London SW (GB) article 1
From Stamps of the World
This Article is a detailed look at the cover on the London SW (GB) page.
This 2d Registered cover has been uprated with a 1d Lilac to make it 3d total. The 1d Lilac is a perfin stamp, which increased the Insurance for the contents to £10 as per back envelope panel..
William Whiteley [] was a Victorian entrepreneur who owned the then largest department store in Great Britain self title 'The Universal Provider'. He was shot by his alleged illegitimate son in 1907.
There are a number of postmarks that must be followed in order to see the travels of this letter: The addressee (in pencil) is to a Mrs M Warren, St Leonard's Terrace, Streatham, in London.
The letter was posted from Westbourne Grove in the Western District Office area.
the Letter shows the actual office of posting was Bishop's Rd. Paddington W.
The letter was passed onto the Western District Office at Old Cavendish Street for delivery to The South Western District Office.
To then be sent to Streatham suburban District Office. Then delivered to its Branch Office From which an attempted delivery was made to the house at St. Leonard's Terrace highlighted in red on the map. The Streatham office is also highlighted.
However the letter could not be delivered and signed for, and the house owner appears to have given an instruction for it to be re-directed to Mrs M. Warren at the Queens Hotel Waterlooville nr.Cosham, Hants. This was on the outbound mail route from the SW office so it was sent direct to the Southampton Head Post Office and onto the Portsmouth Post office for delivery to Waterlooville.
However it looks like Mrs M Warren was not there either but appears to have left a forwarding address for Granville House, Broadstairs, Kent. With Portsmouth and Southampton not having any direct mail route to Kent, the letter was returned to London and sent out to
Kent where it was finally handstamped by the Broadstairs office the next day and delivered.
In total the letter was posted on the 7th Nov and travelled 311 miles in 2 days passing through 11 Postal offices (at least) before being delivered. Nowadays it would take at least a week if you were lucky!!