30 years on - remembering Chipping Sodbury’s own stamps

August 01 2015

It might have been short lived, but in 1985 Chipping Sodbury briefly had its own stamps. It might have only been a light hearted prank, but some of them even found their final destinations.

It might have been short lived, but in 1985 Chipping Sodbury briefly had its own stamps.  It might have only been a light hearted prank, but some of them even found their final destinations.
It was jeweller Bruce Besant who came up with the idea to launch his own set of stamps. Mr Besant devised a set of postage stamps featuring views of the town and posted more than 100 in post boxes in Sodbury and Bristol.
Many stamps bearing the April 1st frank found their way into homes. Needless to say the Post Office were not impressed and seized several of the unofficial commemorative first day covers. announcing that they had been sent to HQ in London where a decision would be made on any further action against Mr Besant.  
Earlier in the same year Mr Besant found himself in hot water for launching the Chipping Sodbury pound note. Local police confiscated copies of the note as they were discovered to be too similar to the legal tender and bore the Queen’s head.
To avoid a similar investigation Mr Besant substituted the Queen with the silhouette of his ten-year-old daughter Elizabeth for his stamps.