Philately in the Bournemouth Area Local Interest
The Bournemouth area has been featured on many stamps, and is home to various philatelic personalities. The sections below show stamps featuring local interest, people with local connections, local personalities and publications by local authors.
Some of the many stamps of local interest up to December 2020

British Architecture, Modern University Buildings - The Faraday Building at Southampton was featured in a four stamp issue on 22nd September 1971

SG891 - University of Southampton

400th Anniversary of the Spanish Armada - this stamp was the centre of a five se-tenant set issued on 19th July 1988


SG1402 - Armada - Isle of Wight 25th July 1558

600th Anniversary of the Abbotsbury Swannery - this is one of the five stamps issued on 19th January 1993



SG1641 - Swans and Cygnet

The Four Seasons, Summertime - this is the third of the five stamps issued on 2nd August 1994



SG1836 - Summertime, Cowes

The Needles Rock Lighthouse, Isle of Wight was featured in the "Lighthouses" issue on 24th March 1998


SG2036 - The Needles Rock

Portsmouth Harbour was featured in the "Millennium Projects 3rd Series - Water and Coast" issue on 7th March 2000. The stamp was titled "Reflections in Water" (Portsmouth Harbour Development).

SG2137 - Portsmouth Harbour

Studland Beach was featured in the "Coastlines" issue on 19th March 2000.



SG2265 - Studland Beach

Mayday: Rescue at Sea - two of the five stamps issued on 13th March 2008 featured the local area.

A pictorial first day cancellation was used in Poole.

SG2829 - Rescue Helicopter, Lee-on-Solent

Insects - two of the ten se-tenant stamps issued on 15th April 2008 featured insects only found locally. The wasp illustrated is only found in seven sites in Dorset .

SG2839 - Purbeck Mason Wasp

SR King Arthur Class - "Sir Mador de la Porte" leaving Bournemouth Central 1935-39 from the "Great British Railways" issue of 19th August 2010.

SG3113 - SR King Arthur Class

National Parks - one of the ten se-tenant stamps issued on 14th January 2021 featured a scene from the New Forest.

SGnnnn - New Forest National Park


Stamps featuring people with local connections

Thomas Andrews

Andrews was born in 1773. He was a well respected Naval Architect, working on the designs of the Titanic on which he drowned on 15 April 1812, aged 39. He spent his last few weeks living in Southampton. Ireland featured him on its 55c stamp (SG2110) in 2012.

Dr Edward Atkinson

Dr Atkinson 1881-1929 was a Royal Navy Medical Officer, based at Haslar, Gosport. He went on the Terra Nova Expedition, and found Captain Scott's tent and Scott's famous diary in 1912. He appears on one of the stamps issued on a miniature sheet by British Antarctic Territory in 2011 (SG MS569).


Robert Baden-Powell

Several stamps have been issued featuring this founder of the Scouting movement, from postal administrations all over the world. The majority of these were issued in 2006 and 2007 to mark the centenary of the Boy Scouts, and the first camp on Brownsea Island in 1907.


Sir Isaac Brock

Brock was born in 1769, went to school in Southampton. He spent his working life as a British Army Officer in Canada. He died in 1812. Two countries issued identical stamps featuring Brock in 2012, Canada (SG2872) and Guernsey (SG1427).


Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Born in Portsmouth on 9 April 1806, Brunel has featured on stamps from Guernsey, Great Britain, Tristan de Cunha and St Helena. There were two Portsea cancellations, one of which is shown here.



Winston Churchill

There are a number of references to Churchill in Bournemouth, perhaps the most notable is the occasion in 1893, just before he was due to start at Sandhurst, he was being chased by his brother and neice and when jumping from a bridge to a tree at Alum or Branksome Chine fell 30 feet and was unconscious for three days and bed-ridden for three months. His funeral train returned to Bournemouth shed in 1965, hauled by 34051 "Winston Churchill". He also kept a plane during the Second World War in a now listed hangar at Bournemouth airport. The stamp featured is SG662 issued on 8 July 1965.

John Constable

His painting "Weymouth Bay" was completed whilst on honeymoon, travelling along the south coast from Brighton to Weymouth. Constable also painted two works on Salisbury Cathedral in 1825 and 1829. The stamp shown is from the "British Paintings" set of Great Britain issued on 12 August 1968 SG774.

Charles Dickens

Born in Portsmouth on 7 February 1812, Dickens, and the subjects of his writings, have featured on stamps from many countries such as Barbuda in 1981 (SG83-84), and Great Britain in 1970 (SG824-828) and its Christmas issue in 1993 (SG1790-1794).



Bob Doe

On 10 October, in combat over Warmwell, Dorset, Bob Doe's plane was critically damaged and he was wounded in the leg and shoulder. He bailed out, landing on Brownsea Island while his Hawker Hurricane crashed near Corfe Castle viaduct on what is now part of the Swanage Railway. Admitted to Poole Hospital on 22 October 1940, Doe was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and received a Bar a month later on 26 November. Doe rejoined No. 238 Squadron in December 1940. He is featured on the 2010 British Indian Ocean Territory stamp SG436.

Elisabeth Frink

Frink sculpted the grouping "Dorset Martyrs", in Dorchester in 1985. She died in her home in Blandford Forum on 18 April 1993, where she had lived for 16 years. A stamp featuring her SG1937 was issued by Great Britain as part of the Europa: Famous Women set on 6 August 1996.


Thomas Hardy

This stamp SG1506, featuring Thomas Hardy was issued on 10 July1990 to commemorat the 150th anniversary of his birth. His novels were set in the Wessex area, the town Sandbourne being used to represent Bournemouth.



Gustav Holst

Holst wrote an orchestral piece based on Thomas Hardy's Wessex, which became known as Egdon Heath. He died on 25 May 1934, and his ashes were interred in Chichester Cathedral. A stamp featuring his "The Planets" Suite SG1283 was issed as part of Europa: European Music Year, British Composers on 14 May 1985.


Rudyard Kipling

Though born on 30 December 1865 in India, he was cared for at Lorne Lodge, Southsea from the ages of 6 to 12, his parents staying on in British India during that time. One of the stamps featuring him was issued by Monaco in 2006, SG2794



Lord Kitchener

Born in 1850, Lord Kitchener, Secretary for War, was lost at sea on the armoured cruiser Hampshire, en-route to Russia, during World War I, in 1916. His name is on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton. Tristan de Cunha commemorated him on a stamp, SG1030, in 2011.



L S Lowry

Lowry often visited his close friend, Margery Thompson, who lived in Southampton and in 1856 painted two works featuring the Southampton Floating Bridge. There have been many stamps featuring his work, the one illustrated is SG750 from the 1967 British Paintings stamps issue.


Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale had a long life, living from 1820 until 1910. Her home was in Holloway, Derbyshire. She is commemorated with the Nightingale Building at Southampton University's School of Nursing and Midwifery. Several countries have issued stamps featuring her, including a 50c Barbuda in 1981 (SG546), West Germany in 1955 with a 40+10Pf stamp (SG1151), Alderney with a six stamp set in 2010 (SG395-400), St Vincent with a miniature sheet also in 2010; Great Britain a 9d stamp in 1970 (SG820), and Australia with a 3½d stamp in 1955.


Augustus Pugin

Pugin is known for his revivalist architecture and designing ability. His local connection is Highcliffe Castle, Dorset where he was asked by Donthorn, the owner, to advise on his restoration work. Pugin assessed what had been done and declared that Donthorn's idea of Gothic architecture had "made a sad havoc of everything", and left. A first class stamp in the Britons of Distinction 10 stamp set issued by Great Britain on 23 February 2012 features his interior of the Palace of Westminster.

Captain Scott

Captain Scott attended Stubbington House School in Fareham in the 1870s. In 2010 British Antartic Territory included three photographs of him in its British Antarctic Expedition issue. The stamp chosen is SG520 featuring his Birthday Dinner.



Robert Falcon Scott

Born in 1868, he bacame a Royal Navy officer and was assigned to Antarctic Expeditions, sailing on Discovery amongst other well-know ships. During his teenage years he attended a cramming school at Stubbington, Hampshire. He died in 1812. In 2011 he was featured on a South Sandwich & South Georgia stamp, and also this one, SG128 from Ross Dpendency.


Peter Sellers

Peter Sellers was born in Southsea in 8 September 1925. A stamp featuring him SG1298 was issued by Great Britain on 8 October 1985 as part of the set British Film Year.



Mary Shelley

Born on 30 August 1797, Mary Wollestenhome married Percy Bysshe Shelley, spent time in the Bournemouth area, where she wrote Frankenstein in 1818. Frankenstein was featured on a Great Britain stamp, SG1981 on 13 May 1997.



Edward John Smith

He was born in 1850 and was Captain of the Titanic, on which he died in 1912. He lived with his family at "Woodhead", Highfield in Southampton. He is featured on stamps from Ireland, Isle of Man and this one from Alderney, SG452, issued on 2 February 2012.


Sir Basil Spence

Coventry Cathedral designed by Sir Basil Spence, the well known British architect, is the subject of a first class stamp in the Britons of Distinction 10 stamp set issued by Great Britain on 23 February 2012. He retired to Hampshire, building the remarkable property "Spence House" at Beaulieu.



Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson was featured on a Western Samoan stamp SG198 in 1939, marking the 25th anniversary of New Zealand's control of the territory. In 1884 he bought a house which he named "Skerrymore", in Westbourne, on the west cliff, where he wrote "Kidnapped". The house was named after a lighthouse built by his uncle in Scotland. There is a road named after him near where he lived.


Alfred Lord Tennyson

Queen Victoria was a great admirer of Tennyson's work and in 1884 created him Baron of Freshwater, Isle of Wight. He livedthere in a housed named Farringford, taking up his seat in the House of Lords the same year. A set of four stamps commemorating his death centenary was issued by Great Britain on 10 March 1992.

J R R Tolkein

Tolkein holidayed in Bournemouth at the Miramar hotel for 30 years. He retired with his wife, Edith, to 19 Lakeside Road, Poole in 1968. His work "The Hobbit" SG2050 was featured in the Famous Children's family Novels issue of Great Britain on 21 July 1998.

Alan Turing

Turing was a mathematician and war-time code breaker. he lived in Southampton for a while. In 1926, at the age of 14, he was enrolled at Sherborne School, but due to the General Strike and not wishing to miss a single day at his new school, he cycled the 60 miles from Southampton, stopping overnight at an inn.

J M W Turner

During avisit to Lyme Regis, Turner painted a storm scene which is now in the Cininnati Art Museum. Chichester Canal was also a subject of his painting. The stamp shown, SG 971 "Burial at Sea", is from the set issued by Great Britain on 19 February 1975 "Birth Bicentenary of JMW Turner".

Queen Victoria

It was on Queen Victoria's Coronation Day, 28 June 1838, that the Royal Bath Hotel was officially opened, marking the start of the Westover Road development to the east of the Bourne stream.


Alfred Russel Wallace

After a lifetime of study on Evolution, Wallace retired to Old Orchard in Broadstone. The road was named after him following his death in 1913. He is buried in Broadstone cemetry next to his wife. This stamp is from the 350th Anniversary of the Royal Society set issued on 25th February 2010.

Reintroduced Species

Six stamps were released on 17 April 2018, the £1.55 stamp being of the Sand Lizard recently reintroduced to parts of Dorset and Hampshire, in protected heathland sites.





Books and Publications of local interest, or by local authors

"Philatelic Congress of Great Britain Year Book 1948" by EF Hugen and RN Brameld EDS, Bournemouth and District Philatelic Society

"The British Postage Stamp of the Nineteenth Century" by Robson Lowe

"Great Britain Numbers issued 1840-1910" (pub 1990) by Rikki C Hyde

"Philatelic Portraits" (pub 1990) by C Attwood-Wheeler ......Link

"War Tax Stamps of The British Empire First World War - The West Indies by John G.M. Davis ......Link


Philatelic Congress of Great Britain

Congresses were held in Bournemouth in 1940,1948 and 1964; in Southampton in 1952 and 1982; in Salisbury in 1999; and on Hayling Island in 1995.

The 1940 Congress marked the centenary of the adhesive postage stamp. It was supposed to have been held in London, but was transferred to Bournemouth because of the outbreak of War. The meeting took place from 3 to 6 May at the Royal Bath Hotel. The 1964 Meeting was the 46th Congress and was held at the Highcliffe Hotel, Bournemouth.

Last updated 23 August 2021