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London and South Western Railway Luggage Labels
The Coloured Varieties

by Mike Morant
 
These fascinating labels fall neatly into four clearly definable types which, not surprisingly, are called Types 1 thru' 4. They are simple to identify as they are all based on the style of the railway's name in the title. Click on the images below to find out what the characteristics are for any given label type.
 
Type 1    Type 1 heading
Type 2    Type 2 heading
Type 3    Type 3 heading
Type 4    Type 4 heading
Type 5    Type 5 heading

Table of Colours

The following tables attempt to categorise the known destinations according to colour of label. Even a cursory glance over it will show with reasonable clarity the LSWR's policy of coding routes by colour. It is worth noting that 'foreign' destinations, for a time, were produced on yellow paper but many were later reprinted on blue stock.

The category labelled 'pink' is a generalisation as the hue varies from bright pink across that part of the spectrum to lilac and even includes at least one example that isn't far short of bright red.. It is mentioned elsewhere that Isle of Wight labels were printed on mauve paper and that they are prone to severe desiccation and this 'pink' category can suffer the same fate whereas most of the gamut of the coloured labels have stood the test of time reasonably well.

For the benefit of readers who have the misfortune to be afflicted with colour deficient vision, the colour is stated in the header line for each block of data.

The number of listed variations totals in excess of 700 but that isn't the complete story as no account is taken of the fact that many of the listed Type 4's are available in two or more very different fonts. Many listed items have examples with the '787' on the opposite side to the norm and there are also a few variations within Types 2 & 4 where the conjunction (and or ampersand) are the opposite of the standard for that type. Also to be taken into account is that previously unknown examples still continue to surface and even the author's own limited collection contains fourteen such which, actually, is nearly all of them.

The pervious version of these colour tables skimped a little on detail but the new versions shown below included all variations of spelling and punctuation. The only addition to reality is that (IoW) has been appended to some of the island's station names.

 
Labels on blue paper to LSWR destinations. White text indicates that it is available with another paper colour.
Addlestone Aldershot Alresford Alton Andover Andover Junc. Andover Tn. Andover Town Ash
Ashbury Ashwater Axminster Bagshot Barnstaple Barnstaple Junction Barnstaple Town Basingstoke Bentley
Bickleigh Bideford Bishop's Waltham Bishopstoke Blandford Bookham Boscombe Botley Bournemouth East
Bow Braemore Braunton Bridestone Bridestowe Broad Clist Broadclyst Brockenhurst Brookwood
Byfleet Camberley Chand's Ford Chand's Frd Chapeltown Chard Chard Joint Chard Junc. Chard Town
Chelsea Chertsey Christchurch Clapham Junction Clatford Claygate Colyford Colyton Coombe & Malden
Coppleston Copplestone Corfe Castle Cosham Crediton Crewkerne Daggens Rd. Dean Devonport
Dinton Dorchester Downton Dunbridge Dunsland Cross Earlsfield Eggesford Elstead Esher
Exeter (Queen St.) Exeter, Queen St. Exmouth Fareham Farnboro' Farnham Fleet Fordingbr'ge Fordingbridge
Fratton Freemington Fremington Frimley Fullerton B. Fullerton Bridge Gillingham Godalming (New) Godalming (Old)
Gosport Grateley Grately Guildford Halwell & Beaworthy Halwill Haslemere Havant Holsworthy
Honiton Hook Horsebridge Hounslow Hurstbourne Ilfracombe Instow Itchin Abbas Lapford
Launceston Leatherhead Lidford Liphook Liss Lldford Junc. London Road Guildford. Longparish Lymington Pier
Lymington Town Lympstone Lyndhurst Rd. Malden Medstead Midhurst Milborne Port Millbrook Morchard Rd
Morchard Rd. Moreton Morthoe Mottisfont Netley North Tawton Northam North Tawton Nursling
Oakley Okehampton Okehampton Rd. Ottery St. Mary Overton Oxshott Petersfield Pinhoe Poole
Poole Junc. Porchester Porton Portsmouth Arms Portsmouth Portsmouth Arms Portsmouth Harbour Portsmouth Town Queen Street Exeter
Redbridge Ringwood Romsey Ropley Rowland's Castle S. Molton Rd. Salisbury Sampford Courtenay Sampford Courtney
Seaton Seaton Junc. Seaton Junct. Semley Shawford & Twyford Shawford and Twyford Sherborne Sholing Sidmouth
Sidmouth Junc. South Molton Road Southampton Southampton West Southsea St. Cyres St. Denys Stockbridge Stokes Bay
Surbiton Sutton Bingham Sutton Bingm, Swanage Swathling Tavistock Templecombe Thames Ditton Tipton
Tipton St. John's Tisbury Tongham Topsham Torrington Tower Hill Umberleigh Verwood Walton
Wareham West Moors Weybridge Wherwell Whimple Whitchurch Wilton Wimbledon Wimborne
Winchester Winchfield Witley Woking Woodbury Rd. Wool Woolston Worcester Park Worplesdon
Wrafton Yeoford Yeoford Junc. Yeoford Junction Yeovil Yeovil Junc.      
 
Labels on blue paper to non-LSWR destinations. White text indicates that it is available with another paper colour.
Baily Gate Bath Birkenhead Birmingham Bridgewater Bristol Burnham Chilcompton Clevedon
Cole Cullompton Dartmouth Dawlish Edington Rd. Exeter (St. David's) Exeter, St. David's Glastonbury Gloucester
Henstridge Highbridge Horrabridge Kingsbridge Kingswear Langport Leamington Marsh
Mills
Martlock
Mary Tavy Masbury Matlock Moulton Mutley Newport (IoW) Newton Paignton Plymouth (North Road)
Plymouth North Road Plympton Portland Pylle Radstock Ryde Shapwick Shillingstone Shrewsbury
St. David's Exeter Stafford Stalbridge Starcross Stonehouse Sturminster , N. Taunton Teignmouth Tiverton
Tiverton Junct Torquay Torre Totnes W. Pennard Wellington Wellington (Somerset.) Weston Weymouth
Worcester Yatton                                                
 
Labels on green paper to LSWR destinations.
Bishop's Waltham Botley Brockhurst Cosham Fareham Gosport Porchester Portsmouth Portsmouth Harbour
Portsmouth Pier Stokes Bay              
 
Labels on green paper to non-LSWR destinations. All except those in white text are routed via the S&DJR.
Barnsley Bradford Bristol Buxton Camp Hill Carlisle Chesterfield Cowes Eversham
Leicester Lincoln Masboro' Matlock Bath Matlock Bridge Normanton Nottingham Rotherham Ryde
Skipton Stockport Stonehouse Tamworth Tewkesbury Wakefield Warrington    
 
Labels on grey paper. All destinations are also available on blue paper.
Grately Overton Porton Whitchurch          
 
Labels on orange paper. Only the non-conformist Addlestone is also available on blue paper.
Addlestone Arundel Bognor Ford Hastings Lewes Shoreham St. Leonards  
 
Labels on pink/lilac paper. Only the non-conformist Moorgate St. is not an LSWR destination.
Alresford Alton Ascot Ash Ashford Barnes Battersea Bentley Bracknell
Brentford Chelsea Chiswick Datchet Earley Egham Elstead Farnham Feltham
Fulwell Godalming Godalming (New) Guildford Gunnersbury Hamp. Wick Hampton Havant Hounslow
Isleworth Itchen Abbas Kensington Kew Kew Gardens Kingston Meadsted Medstead Midhurst
Milford Moorgate St. Mortlake Portsmouth Town Putney Ropley Rowland's Castle Shaftesbury Road Shepherd's Bush
Shepperton Spring G. & Isleworth St. Margaret's Staines Strawberry Hill Sunbury Sunningdale Teddington Tongham
Turnham Green Twickenham Virginia Water W. Brompton Wandsworth West Brompton Windsor Wokingham Wraysbury
 
Labels on white paper. Those to non-LSWR destinations are in italicised text.
Aldershot Basingstoke Bishopstoke Bittern Rd. Brookwood Cowes Battersea Farnboro' Farnborough
Fleet Fleetpond Hamp. Court Hinton Kingston Malden Micheldever Milton Netley
North Camp Northam Oakley Portswood Reading Ryde Salisbury Seaton Junc. Semley
Sholing Southamptn. Southampton St. Denys St. Denys St. Malo Surbiton Vauxhall Walton
Waterloo Weybridge Wimbledon Winchester Winchfield Woking Woolston    
 
Labels on yellow paper to LSWR destinations.
Bournemouth Bournemouth West Brockenhrst. Brockenhurst Christchurch Dorchester Hamworthy Hamworthy Jn. Hamworthy Jun.
Hern Herne Holmsley Lymington Lyndhurst Rd Lyndhurst Rd. Millbrook Moreton Parkstone
Poole Poole Junc. Redbridge Ringwood Southampton West Souton West Souton. West Totton Wareham
Wimborne Wool              
 
Labels on yellow paper to non-LSWR destinations.
Ashburton Baker Street Bath Binegar Birkenhead Birmingham Brighton Bristol Burnham
Callingbourne Chesterfield Chichester Chilcompton Chippenham Chiseldon Cole Cowes Cricklade
Dalston Junc. Dartmouth Dawlish Devizes Dudley Evercreech Evercreech Junction Finchley Rd. Glastonbury
Grafton Hackney Henstridge Highbridge Highbury Horrabridge Liverpool Malvern Mangotsfield
Mill Hill (IoW) Mutley Newbury Nottingham Ogbourne Penzance Radstock Ryde Sandown
Savernake Sheffield Shepton Mallet Shepton Mallett Sturminster Swindon Junc. Swindon Town Tiverton Torquay
Totnes Trowbridge Tulse Hill Upway Wakefield Wellow West Kensington Weymouth Worcester
Yarmouth York              

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