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H e l l o !! great britain stampWe try to be the web's number 1 resource for up-to-date news about new stamps of Great Britain, and new special postmarks, many pictorial and of interest to thematic or topical collectors.

The cost of each individual stamp set has risen from £5 or less five years ago to £10 a set now.  Restructuring of international airmail rates in 2015 meant £14-worth of new definitives: the good news is that with only the £1 airmail rate this March, new tariff stamps will probably only be £1.05!   The programme for 2016 is shown below.  Once again there is no Europa issue.
As it is much quicker for us to write a blog entry than to update a website, our very latest news will usually be on our blog. The last 4 blog entries are summarised in the column to the right.

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If you need anything for your collection which isn't shown here - please ask, we may have it. Our webshop has stamps, fdcs, booklets, postal stationery, world postal history, maximum cards, picture postcards, with integrated shipping and payment facilities.

We also have a site devoted to the stamps and postal history of the countries of the Former Soviet Union in the 1990s. This is a fascinating area of modern postal history and we hope to find time away from GB new issues to develop this site to show material from Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Lithuania etc, as well as Belarus which is already shown.  You can see it here.

Great Britain Postage due stamps 1994.WANTED! 1994 Postage Due/To Pay stamps

For my personal collection I am  interested in buying examples of the 1994 issue 'To Pay' stamps properly used on cover or parcel piece.
The values issued are 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 25p, £1, £1.20 & £5, all in the same design.
Please email.


The next Norfolk & Norwich Philatelic Society Stamp and Postcards Fairs will be 9 April & 6 August 2016 Details are here

Regular Norwich Stamp Fair Sundays every other month from
  January & May to November 2016 Click here for details

Regular King's Lynn Stamp Fair Saturdays every other month - dates for 2016 added  Click here for details

UPDATE 18 November 2016

The website has been updated with new pages for Mr Men and Little Christmas tree stamp 2016. Misses, Christmas, and Hibernating animals Post and Go.  On the blog we've added details of the Battle of Hastings Commemorative sheet, and the Lunar New Year of the Rooster generic sheet.

But the big news is the change in the colour of the 1st class Machin to definitive a darker red, and a reissue of all booklets and business sheets with the text in a new font. 

All the new definitives are available in OUR SHOP which is now open again!

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New Booklets and Business sheets, new counter sheet printings
Machin Security Stamps 2015 printings

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Beatrix Potter stamp. 

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Pages for GB Stamp Issues.

Great Britain Stamps - issue programme for 2016

Links to stamp issues for

                   Agatha Christie stamp. Christmas snowman stamp. Hibernating Dormouse stamp.

7 January

Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition
12 January Duke of Edinburgh Awards 60th Anniversary commemorative sheet
17 February Royal Mail 500 set and miniature sheet 
" Post and Go Royal Mail Heritage: Transport 
18 February Royal Mail 500 Prestige Stamp Book, retail booklet and Generic Smilers Sheet
15 March British Humanitarians
22 March New £1.05 Machin and country definitives for tariff change
5 April William Shakespeare (400th anniversary of death) 
21 April HM The Queen's 90th Birthday 
25 April ANZAC - World War 1 Commemorative Sheet 
17 May Animail
28 May New York 2016 FIP Exhibition: Exhibition Sheet, Post and Go 
21 June First World War 1916 - including PSB  
7 July Music Giants - Pink Floyd 
28 July Beatrix Potter (author) 
16 August Landscape Gardens 
2 September Great Fire of London  
14 September Post and Go Ladybirds  
15 September Agatha Christie   (author)
14 October Battle of Hastings 950 Years commemorative sheet New icon.
20 October Mr Men and Little Misses: 45 years of the work of Roger Hargreaves  (author)  New icon.
8 November Christmas New icon.
14 November Post and Go Hibernating Animals New icon.
15 November Lunar New Year of the Rooster New icon.

Star Wars postmark.

Great Britain Special Pictorial Postmarks not associated with new stamp issues

Postmark showing logo of the Postal Museum.

Royal Mail's Postmark Bulletins are now available for download

Permanent special and pictorial postmarks
28 July 2016

Other special postmarks
16 August 2016


Smartstamps launched - 15 January 2004

1st class Smartstamp in EnglishRoyal Mail launched the 'Smartstamp' - a stamp which can be printed from personal computers in homes and businesses throughout the country. Read more about the system and see examples here.

Fee-free online postage launched 19 September 2006

Royal Mail launched a new online postage facility today which, unlike Smartstamps, has no monthly or annual facility fee and, unlike Smartstamps, is not restricted to people who use Internet Explorer as their browser. It even runs on Apple Mac systems, and with Mozilla Firefox.
The 'stamp' impression is the same as for the latest Smartstamps version. Behind the address the service is printed in microprint. You can see a sample cover here - click Back to get back to this page.

In October 2015 Royal Mail announced that the Smartstamps system would be closed from 31 December 2015 due to it not being compatible with the latest operating systems and browsers.  See discussion on the blog, by system users.

Christmas postal delivery by Scouts

1982 Sheffield Scout Stamp showing BPAlthough Royal Mail had a monopoly on the delivery of mail, since 1981 charity groups, principally Scouts, Guides and Church Groups have been permitted to arrange the collection and distribution of greetings cards each year for a limited period before Christmas.
See a selection of Scout Christmas Post Stamps here.

Special Delivery postage paid labelRoyal Mail Postage Labels

Click here to read more about this new phase of modern postal history. Updated 22 September 2003 with labels in new typeface and layout.  

In 2009, labels with the Machin head were used for Special Delivery items at just one post office in London. See Machin Horizon Label page. (In need of updating - see blog meanwhile.)

News about Great Britain new stamps and postmarks with links to this site will be announced on
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