Castleside
County Durham, England

Started in 1988 by 1st Castleside BP Scouts officially serving Benfieldside, Blackfyne, Bradley, Bridgehill, Castleside, Consett, Crookhall, Delves, Grove, Leadgate, Medomsley, Moorside, Number One, Pont, Snows Green, Templetown, Villa Real & Watling with casual deliveries to Iveston, Knitsley Hurbuck & Lanchester outside the originally stated area. Joined in 1989 by 1st Blackhill BP Scouts, Consett Guide Commissioner & Consett Outdoor Pursuits Youth Club. Area extended to include Ebchester, Hamsterley & Knitsley. Joined by 1st New Shildon (All Saints) BP Scouts in 1990 serving the Shildon area. In 1991 joined by Stainsby Training Centre and the 1st Tanfield Lea BP Scouts (in the Stanley area of Derwentside) who handled collections & deliveries within Tanfield, Tanfield Lea & Tantobie. In 1992 1st Aycliffe BP Scouts joined, handling collections & deliveries within Newton Aycliffe. In 1993 Tanfield Lea dropped out and Tanfield, Tanfield Lea & Tantobie were no longer served by the post. Consett Outdoor Pursuits Youth Club also ceased delivery duties. 1994 saw the loss of 1st Aycliffe BP Scouts and the collections & deliveries within Newton Aycliffe, but also saw the joining of 1st Leadgate SA Scouts who took on the handling of collections and deliveries in Leadgate, Pont, Bradley, Watling & Lanchester. A variety of postmarks was used on first day covers, some of which had coloured descriptive sections stuck onto ordinary white envelopes.

Apparently from 2005 only the 1st Castleside BP Scouts continued with the service.

1st Leadgate Scouts are part of the Derwentside District in the Scout County of Durham, the other units mentioned are members of the Baden-Powell Scouts.

Castleside Poster

1988 (December 1st)

1988 issue

Type 1, 38x25mm, designed by ? and printed by Ramsden Williams Stationery, Consett on sheets of 36 TacTik labels (6 rows of 6), on an imperforate backing sheet. A first day cover was produced with a green patch on a plain white envelope.



1989 (November 25th)

1989 issue

Type 2, 38x25mm, designed by ? and printed by Ramsden Williams Stationery, Consett on sheets of 36 TacTik labels (6 rows of 6), on an imperforate backing sheet. A first day cover was produced with a blue patch on a plain white envelope.



1990 (November 25th)

1990 issue

Type 3, 38x25mm, designed by ? and printed by Ramsden Williams Stationery, Consett on sheets of 36 TacTik labels (6 rows of 6), on an imperforate backing sheet. A first day cover was produced with a pink patch on a plain white envelope.



1991 (November 25th)

1991 issue

Type 4, 38x25mm, designed by ? and printed by Ramsden Williams Stationery, Consett on sheets of 36 TacTik labels (6 rows of 6), on an imperforate backing sheet. At least four first day covers were produced, one with a pink patch on a plain white envelope, the other three with a yellow patch .



1992 (November 25th)

1992 issue

Type 5, 38x25mm, designed by ? and printed by Ramsden Williams Stationery, Consett on sheets of 36 TacTik labels (6 rows of 6), on an imperforate backing sheet. At least five first day covers were produced each with a white patch on a plain white envelope.



1993 (November 25th)

1993 issue

Type 6, 38x25mm, designed by ? and printed by Ramsden Williams Stationery, Consett on sheets of 36 TacTik labels (6 rows of 6), on an imperforate backing sheet. At least four first day covers were produced each with a white patch on a plain white envelope.



1994 (November 25th)

1994 issue 1994 issue 1994 issue 1994 issue 1994 issue 1994 issue

Types 7 to 12, 38x25mm, spare labels from 1988-1993 overprinted by Ramsden Williams Stationery, Consett on sheets of 36 TacTik labels (6 rows of 6), on an imperforate backing sheet. Quantity shown in the statistics represents the number overprinted, not new stamp production. First day covers were produced bearing all six stamps with a white patch on a plain white envelope, also some were produced bearing only a single stamp.


1995 (November 25th)

1995 issue

Type 13, 38x25mm, designed by ? and printed by Ramsden Williams Stationery, Consett on sheets of 36 TacTik labels (6 rows of 6), on an imperforate backing sheet. At least four first day covers were produced each with a white patch on a plain white envelope.



1996 (November 25th)

1996 issue

Type 14, 38x25mm, designed by ? and printed by Ramsden Williams Stationery, Consett on sheets of 36 TacTik labels (6 rows of 6), on an imperforate backing sheet. At least three first day covers were produced each with a white patch on a plain white envelope.



1997 (November 25th)

1997 issue

Type 15, 38x25mm, designed by ? and printed by Ramsden Williams Stationery, Consett on sheets of 36 TacTik labels (6 rows of 6), on an imperforate backing sheet. At least three first day covers were produced on specially designed envelopes.



1998 (November 25th)

1998 issue

Type 16, 38x25mm, designed by ? and printed by Ramsden Williams Stationery, Consett on sheets of 36 TacTik labels (6 rows of 6), on an imperforate backing sheet. At least two first day covers were produced on specially designed envelopes.



1999 (November 25th)

1999 issue

Type 17, 38x25mm, designed by ? and printed by Ramsden Williams Stationery, Consett on sheets of 36 TacTik labels (6 rows of 6), on an imperforate backing sheet. At least two first day covers were produced on specially designed envelopes.



2000 (November 25th)

2000 issue 2000 issue 2000 issue 2000 issue 2000 issue

Types 18 to 22, 38x25mm, spare labels from 1995-1999 overprinted by Ramsden Williams Stationery, Consett on sheets of 36 TacTik labels (6 rows of 6), on an imperforate backing sheet. Quantity shown in the statistics represents the number overprinted, not new stamp production. At least two first day covers were produced on specially designed envelopes, some others were produced with only a single stamp.



2001 (November 25th)

2001 issue

Type 23, 40x20mm, designed by ? and printed by contract pp Ramsden Williams Stationery in smaller format, sheet size still 36 (9 rows of 4), as RWS was moving to Edmundbyers, near Consett under style of 'Derwentia', Consett on an imperforate backing sheet. At least two first day covers were produced on specially designed envelopes.



2002 (November 25th)

2002 issue

Type 24, 40x20mm, designed by ? and printed by contract pp Ramsden Williams Stationery in sheets of 36 (9 rows of 4). At least two first day covers were produced on specially designed envelopes.



2003 (November 25th)

2003 issue

Type 25, 40x20mm, designed by ? and printed by contract pp Ramsden Williams Stationery in sheets of 36 (9 rows of 4). A first day cover was produced on specially designed envelopes.



2004 (November 25th)

2004 issue

Type 26, 40x20mm, designed by ? and printed by contract pp Ramsden Williams Stationery in sheets of 36 (9 rows of 4). A first day cover was produced on specially designed envelopes.



Apparently from 2005 only the 1st Castleside BP Scouts continued with the service. Only the Castleside cancel has been seen on the following issue.

2005 (November 25th)

2005 issue 2005 issue 2005 issue 2005 issue 2005 issue

Types 27 to 31, 40x20mm, designed by ? and printed by contract pp Ramsden Williams Stationery in sheets of 36 (9 rows of 4). A first day cover was produced on specially designed envelopes. These stamps are the issues of 2001-2004 (plus a previously unissued yellow one) overprinted with CASTLESIDE SCOUT POST.



Cancellations

Aycliffe postmark 1

Type P1 - used on FDCs 1992, 1996 & 1997.


 

Aycliffe postmark 2

Type P2 - used on FDCs 1993 & 1995.


 

Aycliffe postmark 3

Type P3 - used on ordinary mail 1995.


 

Castleside postmark 1

Type P4 - used on FDCs in 1988.


 

Castleside postmark 2 (grey)

Type P5 - used on FDCs and ordinary mail 1989/90.


 

Castleside postmark 3 (black)

Type P6 - used on FDCs and ordinary mail 1991 onwards.


 

New Shildon postmark 1

Type P7 - used on ?.


 

New Shildon postmark 2

Type P8 - used on ?.


 

New Shildon postmark 3

Type P9 - used on ?.


 

Stainsby postmark 1

Type P10 - used on ?.


 

Stainsby postmark 2

Type P11 - used on all mail & FDCs 1993 onwards.


 

Tanfield Lea postmark 1

Type P12 - used on ?.


 

Tyneside postmark 1

Type P13 - used on ?.


 

Datestamp 1

Type P14 - used on ?.


 

Postmark 1

Type P15 - used on ?.


 

Statistics

Year 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Start None None None None None None None Dec 1 Nov 25 Nov 25
Printed None None None None None None None 7,200 7,200 7,200
Carried None None None None None None None 3,500 4,000 4,500
Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Start Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25
Printed 7,200 7,200 7,200 9,834 . . . . . .
Carried 5,000 5,000 5,900 6,500 . . . . . .
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Start Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 None None None None None
Printed . . . . . None None None None None
Carried . . . . . None None None None None

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