Monday, 16 January 2017

Stamp Release
Image from the Royal Mail web site.

One of the things I love most about Great Britain is its history.  The many historic sites scattered throughout this small island are humbling to see and some of the artifacts found are simply stunning, showing that those who came before us had talents to be revered.  

The Ancient Britain stamps, on sale, Tuesday, 17th January are like a visual timeline across the millennia of Great Britain's historic past.  Designed by True North they include: 

Battersea Shield, London, England, c350 - 50 BC 1st Class

Skara Brea Village, Orkney Islands, Scotland c3100-2055 BC  1st Class

Star Carr Headdress, Yorkshire, England c9000 BC £1.05

Maiden Castle Hill Fort, Dorset, England c400 BC £1.05

Avebury Stone Circles, Wiltshire, England c2500 BC  £1.33

Drumbest Horns, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, c800 BC  £1.33

Grimes Graves Flint Mines, Norfolk, England c2500 BC £1.52

Mold Cape, Flintshire, Wales c1900 - 1600 BC £1.52

I've been to the Avebury Stone Circles in Wiltshire a few times and each time is a different experience.  On one occasion a fog rolled in, modern life was obscured and sound muted.  All we could see were the stones looming and for a moment you could almost believe it was a long ago time.  It is truly a place of wonder.  

I am fascinated with history so I will be buying a ton of these stamps when I go into town tomorrow.  I'm sure I'll be using these stamps often.


  1. England's history helped shape America's. Last night I watched a documentary about people who live in the hills. Theirs is a rich history that has retained much of their English roots. Their love for their king, coupled with fear for their lives turned them into immigrants. You can hear their origins in their speech, their dance, music . . . I finally get why they hate government. Most of all? They're more alike the rest of us than they are different.

    I love discovering history's truth, or the truth of his-story. But I rarely buy our stamps that are not inclusive of the real America. It's a wonderful thing that you are able to relish your country's postal moments such as these. Your stamps reflect parts of who you are. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Yes, America shares part of its history with England. Many forget that George III was America's last king. I noticed when I visited Virginia a while back that they use a lot of the same phrases and words that English people do. Virginia was a vast "state" in the beginning encompassing most of the mid-east coast of America. There is said to be an island off the coast in that area where they still speak old English. I'd love to visit there. I wonder really if I would even understand them? Words have life and change with the times so it is a wonder that this community has managed to hold onto this way of speech. A programme on the radio recently gave examples of how language has evolved since Shakespeare wrote his plays. There are many quips and jokes that are lost in today's vernacular. A pity really. Oh, for someone to take the knowledge from that programme and annotate Shakespeare's plays. Wouldn't that be grand?!