Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps
Hampton Court Palace - 31 July 2018
Court Palace is one of the best-known buildings in Britain and one
of the grandest. Ranked among the top British historic attractions
for almost two centuries, the palace is inextricably linked to the
Tudor king Henry VIII, one of England’s most famous monarchs.
In 1838, the young Queen Victoria opened it to visitors and
remains open to visitors to this day.
The issue forms part of the Royal Palaces series following
Buckingham Palace in 2014 & Windsor Castle in 2017.
1st class: South Front, West Front, and East Front (could
have been placed in a better order?).
£1.55: Pond Garden, Maze, Great Fountain Garden
The four stamps feature interior views
1st class: Great Hall, King's Great Bedchamber
£1.45: Chapel Royal, King's Staircase
Self-adhesive retail booklet containing 4 x 1st class deep scarlet
Machin definitives and two stamps from the miniature sheet.
The coding on the Machins is MCIL M18L.
South Front - Built for William III and Mary II by Sir
Christopher Wren, the South Front overlooks the Privy Garden
West Front - The grand Tudor architecture of Wolsey’s Great
Gatehouse is a notable feature of the West Front.
East Front - Designed in the same Baroque style as the
South Front, the East Front overlooks the Great Fountain Garden.
Pond Gardens - The pools in these gardens originally held
freshwater fish, such as carp, which were eaten at Tudor banquets
Maze - Hampton Court Palace’s Maze was planted in the late
17th century and is the world’s oldest hedge maze.
Great Fountain Garden - This ornate garden was simplified
by Queen Anne, who was keen to reduce expenditure on the royal gardens.
The enormous Great Hall was a communal eating-place for
the Tudor court and the setting for parties, and staging plays by Wm
Shakespeare for James I.
Principally a ceremonial room, the King’s Great Bedchamber
was rarely used for sleeping in, but often for welcoming and impressing
Henry VIII took over Cardinal Wolsey’s Chapel at Hampton Court and
transformed it in to his Chapel Royal during his great
rebuilding of the palace in 1535–6.
The King’s Staircase was the official route into the King’s
Apartments, although intimate friends of the monarch would be invited up the
smaller and less public backstairs used by the servants instead.
Technical details and acknowledgements:
The 60 x 30 mm stamps, designed by Osborne Ross, are printed by
International Security Printers in Lithography in horizontal se-tenant
strips of 3.
The 146 x 74 mm Miniature Sheet contains 27 x 37 mm stamps also printed by
International Security Printers in lithography. The booklet is
printed in gravure by Walsall Security Printers. All stamp images Historic
Royal Palaces ©2018 reproduced with permission.
South Front, East Front and Pond Gardens photography by Andrew Butler;
West Front photography by James Brittain; Maze photography by Vivian
Russell; Great Fountain Garden photography by AerialVue; Great Hall
photography is Crown copyright Historic Royal Palaces; King’s Great
Bedchamber and Chapel Royal photography by Robin Forster; King’s Staircase
photography by James Brittain.
Products issued - we will be stocking only the retail booklet
Set of 6 stamps, miniature sheet, retail booklet. Presentation
Pack containing set and miniature sheet
Set of 11 stamp cards - Two First Day Covers - Press sheet of
10 miniature sheets.
Special postmarks available for the day of issue
were shown in Royal Mail's Postmark Bulletins (download
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