UK A-Z Part 1

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.

The Angel of the North – a contemporary steel sculpture designed by Antony Gormley, located just outside Gateshead.

Blackpool Tower – a tourist attraction in Lancashire. It was opened to the public on 14 May 1894 and was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Carrick-a-Rede -a rope suspension bridge near Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Originally built by salmon fishermen, the bridge links the mainland to the tiny Carrick Island.

Downing Street – probably the most famous front door in the world, 10 Downing Street is the headquarters of Her Majesty’s Government and the official residence and office of the Prime Minister.

Edinburgh Castle – dominating the skyline of Edinburgh, this castle is positioned atop the volcanic Castle Rock. There has been a royal castle here since the reign of David I in the 12th century.

Forth Bridge – a cantilever railway bridge over the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland. It was opened on 4 March 1890.

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.

Harlech Castle – located in Gwynedd, Wales, Harlech is a concentric castle, constructed atop a cliff close to the Irish Sea. It was built by Edward I during his conquest of Wales.

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.

One response to “UK A-Z Part 1

  1. Carolyn Waugh

    I rec’d a letter with the post mark as follows Jubilee cfc3, please could you tell me what it means as I have not seen one like this before.

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