New stamps issued today by Royal Mail celebrate some of the United Kingdom’s best known and most loved landmarks. UK A-Z Part 1 consists of 12 1st class stamps featuring iconic structures from The Angel of the North to Lindisfarne Priory.
Glastonbury Tor – a hill at Glastonbury, Somerset, which features the roofless St. Michael’s Tower. The site is managed by the National Trust and has been designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It is believed by some to be the Avalon of Arthurian legend.
Ironbridge – a village on the River Severn, at the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge, in Shropshire. The village developed beside, and takes its name from, the famous Iron Bridge, a 30 metre (100 ft) cast iron bridge that was built across the river there in 1779. The bridge was the first cast iron arch bridge in the world.
Jodrell Bank – and an internationally renowned landmark in the world of astronomy. The giant Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank has been quietly probing the depths of space since 1957. It is still one of the biggest and most powerful radio telescopes in the world.
Kursaal – a 20th Century entertainment venue that was at the cutting edge of architectural design. The Kursaal in Southend, Essex included the latest attractions and rides in its heyday before World War II. After a post-war decline, the building was redeveloped in the 1990s and is now a listed building.
Lindisfarne Priory – a monastery on the tidal island of Lindisfarne off England’s north-east coast (also known as Holy Island). It was founded by Irish born Saint Aidan c. AD 635 and was the base for Christian evangelising in the North of England until the 9th Century.
Two different pictorial ‘first day of issue postmarks’ are available for this issue, featuring Edinburgh Castle and Blackpool Tower.
UK A-Z Part 1 stamps and products are available from the Royal Mail website. UK A-Z Part 2, covering letters M to Z, will be issued in April 2012.