Early British TPO cover

Early British TPO cover, 1844
Grand Northern Railroad - Missent to the Railway Post Office

At this date, December 1844, only one TPO existed, so there was no need to identify it as the TPO of the "Grand Northern Railroad", later to be part of the "London & North Western Railway". The address of Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, was probably misread as Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, the letter being sent by the Christmas Day, London bound TPO, due perhaps to a combination of candle light and the Christmas spirit!
The mark is listed as W1.

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