The third leg of 'A British Journey' takes us to the Principality of Wales. The first set was The Beauty of Scotland issue in 2003, and a set featuring the landscape of Northern Ireland was issued earlier this year. Royal Mail has used this set featuring the scenery of Wales as its contribution to the 2004 PostEurop (Europa) series, which has the theme of Tourism or Holidays, and brough in a historical element to celebrate the 600th anniversary of Wales's first independent parliament and its founder, the charismatic warrior leader Owain Glyndwr. Glyndwr, who united Wales at the turn of the fifteenth century, established the parliament of Machynlleth in 1404, where he was also crowned Prince of Wales. Two places with direct links to Glyndwr are included in this set: Hyddgen Valley, Plynlimon on the 1st Class stamp and Rhewl, Dee Valley on the 47p stamp.
The stamps in the set show:
2nd class - Barmouth, one of the most picturesque resorts on the Welsh coast, surrounded by the splendour of the Snowdonia National Park. The Grade II listed bridge which spans the estuary is shown being crossed by one of the passenger trains which travels between Pwllheli in the north and Machynlleth to the south.
1st class - The wild and desolate river valley of Hyddgen in the Cambrian Mountains. In the summer of 1401, Owain Glyndwr's 120 strong troop of volunteers mounted on Welsh mountain ponies, met and defeated a professional English and Flemish army reputedly of over 1,500 men. [Europa]
40p - The Brecon Beacons, the highest mountains in south Wales, are one of many spectacular features of the Brecon Beacons National Park, which covers an area of 520 square miles from Hay on Wye in the east to Llandeilo in the west.
43p - Pen-pych is one of the few flat-topped mountains in Europe. The three-sided mountain overlooks the village of Blaenrhonnda, which remains significant as the largest undefended Iron Age settlement in south east Wales.
47p - The small village of Rhew in the Dee valley is a short distance away from the four main towns of the Dee Valley: Llangollen, Corwen, Bala and Chirk, but is also close to Glyn Dyfrdwy where Owain Glyndwr grew up and from where he took his name.
68p - Marloes Sands is regarded as one of Pembrokeshire's most impressive beaches. The 410 million -year-old multi-coloured cliffs fringe the beach, and their strange Silurian rock formations have seen the area designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
| 2nd class - Barmouth Bridge
| 1st class - Hyddgen, Plynlimon
| 40p - Brecon Beacons
| 43p Pen-pych, Rhondda Valley
Pen-Pych, Cwm Rhondda
| 47p Rhewl, Dee Valley
Rhewl, Glyn Dyfrdwy
Birthplace of Owain Glyndwr
| 68p Marloes Sands
Technical details: .
The stamps are printed in gravure by De La Rue, perf 14.5, with PVA gum.
All images except FDCs are taken from Royal Mail's Philatelic Bulletin and Postmark Bulletin, and are Copyright 2004 by Royal Mail.
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The special postmarks which were available for the Day of Issue are shown here:
Snowdonia, Barmouth, Gwynedd
| Ref W9163
Brecon, Powys, Wales
| Ref W9165
| Ref W9169
The Welsh Harp - Taffs Well Inn Public House/Inn
| Ref W9167
| Ref W9166
Yr Ymddiriedolaeth Genedlaethol / The National Trust, Apel Eryri / Snowdonia Appeal, Llanberis, Gwynedd
| Ref W9168
Self Adhesives, Merthyr Tydfil
| Ref FD419
Bureau Official Postmark
| Ref FD420
| Ref FD420x
| Ref L9128
Wales - A British Journey, Prince of Wales Road, London NW5
| Ref W9171
| Ref W9170
Cymru - Wales, Caerdydd - Cardiff
Owens Way, London SE23
Prince of Wales Lane, Birmingham
Welsh 'Capital' ship, HMS Cardiff, Atlantic Patrol Ship South
This page updated 14 June 2004 [5.2.2005]
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