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Royal Mail Postal Services 2011 Issue
Designed by Robert Maude and Sarah Davies

UK A-Z Part I

The Royal Mail Postal Service has issued twelve new stamps with postage values of 1st class named "UK A-Z Part I" on the 13th of October 2011. This issue is the first in a 26 stamp series that depict some of the most famous sites around the United Kingdom. Each of the sites depicted on the stamps is listed below starting at the top in the picture above and working down from left to right:

  • Angel of the North - is a steel sculpture designed by Antony Gomley which is located just outside Gateshead. It stands 66 foot tall with its wing measuring 177 feet across.
  • Blackpool Tower - is a tower located in Blackpool, Lancashire. It open in 1894 and is 518 feet 9 inches tall. It can be seen within a 30 mile radius.
  • Carrick-a-Rede - a rope suspension bridge near Ballintoy, County Antrim. It links the mainland to the tiny Carrick island and is owned and maintained by the National Trust.
  • Downing Street - probably the most famous front door in the world, 10 Downing Street is the headquarters of Her Majestys Government and the official residence and office of the First Lord of the Treasury.
  • Edinburgh Castle - located in Edinburgh Scotland it has been a royal castle since the reign of David I in the 12th century. It continue to be a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603. It is now an historic monument that has been through various restoration programs.
  • Forth Railway Bridge - open in 1890, it is a cantilever railway bridge over the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland.
  • Glastonbury Tor - is a hill at Glastonbury, Somerset which features the roofless St. Michaels Tower. It has been designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Tor once rose like an island, but now, with the surrounding flats, is a peninsula washed on three sides by the river Brue.
  • Harlech Castle - located in Harlech, Gwynedd Wales, is a castle constructed atop a cliff close to the Irish Sea. Built by Edward I it was used as a fortification for many years.
  • Ironbridge - a 100 foot cast iron bridge that was built across the River Severn in 1779. It was the first cast iron arch bridge in the world.
  • Jodrell Bank - a giant lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank that has been in operation since 1957. It remains as one the most powerful radio telescopes in the world.
  • Kursaal - was once an amusement park that close in 1973. It was reopened in 1998 after a multi-million pound redevelopment and restoration. It is now a listed building, forming part of the Kursaal conservation area.
  • Lindisfarne Priory - is a tidal island off England's north-east coast. It is also known as holy Island. It was once a Christian evangelising base but was abandoned in the late ninth century because of persistent Viking raids.

"UK A to Z Part I" stamps can be purchase as singles, or presentation pack. The size of the stamps is 35mm x 35mm with a perforation size of 14.5 using the 2cm reference. They were printed by Carter Security Printing, Meauce, France using the Lithography printing process.

UK A-Z Part I Presentation Pack

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