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GB Inland Postage Rates 1840 to 1952



Inland Postage Rates 1840-1952


Date Cost Comment Date Cost Comment
10 Jan
1840
1d – ½oz
2d – 1oz
4d – 2oz
6d – 3oz
8d – 4oz
10d – 5oz
1s – 6oz
1s 2d – 7oz
1s 4d – 8oz
1s 6d – 9oz
1s 8d – 10oz
1s 10d – 11oz
2s – 12oz
2s 2d – 13oz
2s 4d – 14oz
2s 6d – 15oz
2s 8d – 1lb

Each extra 1oz - 2d (from 1847)
Mail sent within a local Penny Post area 1d covered up to 4oz

There was a maximum weight of 1lb until 1847
1 Apr
1865
1d – ½oz
2d – 1oz
3d – 1½oz
4d – 2oz
5d – 2½oz
6d – 3oz
7d – 3½oz
8d – 4oz
9d – 4½oz
10d – 5oz
11d – 5½oz
1s – 6oz

Each additional ½oz – 1d
First time where odd value rates became possible without payment for additional services such as registration or late fees
5 Oct
1871
1d – 1oz
1½d – 2oz
2d – 4oz
2½d – 6oz
3d – 8oz
3½d – 10oz
4d – 12oz
5d – 13oz
6d – 14oz
7d – 15oz
8d – 1lb
9d – 1lb 1oz

Each additional 1oz – 1d
The first letter rates stepped to include a halfpenny 1 Jul
1885
1d – 1oz
1½d – 2oz
2d – 4oz
2½d – 6oz
3d – 8oz
3½d – 10oz
4d – 12oz
4½d – 14oz
5d – 1lb
5½d – 1lb 2oz
6d – 1lb 4oz
6½d – 1lb 6oz

Each additional 2oz – ½d
Rates stayed the same for weight steps up to 12oz but above 12oz the ½d per extra 2oz method was extended to any weight
22 Jun
1897
1d – 4oz
1½d – 6oz
2d – 8oz
2½d – 10oz
3d – 12oz
3½d – 14oz
4d – 1lb
4½d – 1lb 2oz
5d – 1lb 4oz
5½d – 1lb 6oz
6d – 1lb 8oz
6½d – 1lb 10oz

Each additional 2oz – ½d
Known as the "Diamond Jubilee concession", 4oz for 1d, this was the cheapest letter rate ever. 1 Nov
1915
1d – 1oz
2d – 2oz
2½d – 4oz
3d – 6oz
3½d – 8oz
4d – 10oz
4½d – 12oz
5d – 14oz
5½d – 1lb
6d – 1lb 2oz
6½d – 1lb 4oz
7d – 1lb 6oz

Each additional 2oz – ½d
A war driven increase in higher weight rates introduced to increse revenue although the penny post principle was maintained the weight allowed was reduced to 10z and a 2oz step introduced
3 Jun
1918
1½d – 4oz
2d – 6oz
2½d – 8oz
3d – 10oz
3½d – 12oz
4d – 14oz
4½d – 1lb
5d – 1lb 2oz
5½d – 1lb 4oz
6d – 1lb 6oz
6½d – 1lb 8oz
7d – 1lb 10oz

Each additional 2oz – ½d
The time when the penny post principle was finally abandoned due to increased costs although the pre-war, more generous, weight steps were restored 1 Jun
1920
2d – 3oz
3d – 4oz
3½d – 5oz
4d – 6oz
4½d – 7oz
5d – 8oz
5½d – 9oz
6d – 10oz
6½d – 11oz
7d – 12oz
7½d – 13oz
8d – 14oz

Each additional 1oz – ½d
Another increase driven by increased costs and a 1oz rather than 2oz weight increment making heavy letters much more expensive
29 May
1922
1½d – 1oz
2d – 3oz
2½d – 4oz
3d – 5oz
3½d – 6oz
4d – 7oz
4½d – 8oz
5d – 9oz
5½d – 10oz
6d – 11oz
6½d – 12oz
7d – 13oz

Each additional 1oz – ½d
Reduced cost pressures in the post war period allowed the first ever reduction in the basic inland letter rate since the introduction of the Penny Black 14 May
1923
1½d – 2oz
2d – 4oz
2½d – 6oz
3d – 8oz
3½d – 10oz
4d – 12oz
4½d – 14oz
5d – 1lb
5½d – 1lb 2oz
6d – 1lb 4oz
6½d – 1lb 6oz
7d – 1lb 8oz

Each additional 2oz – ½d
Rationalised weight steps
1 May
1940
2½d – 2oz
3d – 4oz
3½d – 6oz
4d – 8oz
4½d – 10oz
5d – 12oz
5½d – 14oz
6d – 1lb
6½d – 1lb 2oz
7d – 1lb 4oz
7½d – 1lb 6oz
8d – 1lb 8oz

Each additional 2oz – ½d
Increase due to war cost of 1d on all rates 1 May
1952
2½d – 2oz
3d – 4oz
4d – 6oz
5d – 8oz
6d – 10oz
7d – 12oz
8d – 14oz
9d – 1lb
10d – 1lb 2oz
11d – 1lb 4oz
1s – 1lb 6oz
1s 1d – 1lb 8oz

Each additional 2oz – 1d
These rates saw the accession of our current Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II



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