Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

British Bridges - 5 March 2015

The Bridges stamp issue celebrates the leaps in engineering that have seen the UK’s bridges evolve from humble stone crossings to dramatic symbolic landmarks conceived by progressive architects. The stamp images feature British bridges constructed from a wide range of different materials, including gritstone, limestone, cast iron, wrought iron and steel, while referencing diverse styles of bridge engineering, from clapper and stone arch to suspension and bowstring girder.

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The Ten Stamps

Tarr Steps Bridges Stamp.Row Bridge Mosedale Beck.Pulteney Bridge Bath - has a stamp shop on it.Craigellachie Bridge Moray.Menai Suspension Bridge Pont Grog Y Borth, Afon Menai.River Tyne High Level bridge Newcastle.Royal Border Bridge Berwick-upon-Tweed.Tees Transporter Bridge, Middlesborough.Humber Bridge.Peace Bridge over the Foyle, Derry-Londonderry.

Sheet 1: Tarr Steps, River Barle; Row Bridge, Mosedale Beck; Pulteney Bridge, River Avon; Craigellachie Bridge, River Spey; Menai Suspension Bridge.
Sheet 2: High Level Bridge, River Tyne; Royal Border Bridge, River Tweed; Tees Transporter Bridge; Humber Bridge; Peace Bridge; River Foyle.

The stamps - all 1st Class

Tarr Steps, River Barle, Devon
Row Bridge, Mosedale Beck, Cumbria
Pulteney Bridge, River Avon, Somerset [WHS]
Craigellachie Bridge, River Spey, Morayshire
Menai Suspension Bridge, Anglesey/Gwynedd
High Level Bridge, River Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne
Royal Border Bridge, River Tweed, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland
Tees Transporter Bridge, Middlesborough, Yorkshire
Humber Bridge, Yorkshire/Lincolnshire
Peace Bridge; River Foyle, Derry/Londonderry

Technical details:

The stamps were designed by GBH and are printed by International Security Printers in lithography.  The 35 x 37 mm stamps are perf 14.5 x 14 in sheets of 25/50.  
The stamps will be issued in two sheets of 25/50 with five se-tenant designs per sheet, enabling customers to buy a vertical strip of five of any individual bridge.


Row Bridge © Tony Mangan 2008; Craigellachie Bridge © David Gowans/Alamy; Humber Bridge © Al High 2009; all other photography by Hufton + Crow © Royal Mail Group Limited 2015

Products issued, available from Royal Mail: 

Set of 10 stamps (2 strips of 5) -- Strip of 5 from sheet 1 or sheet 2, or vertical strip of 5 of any single stamp
First day cover -- Presentation pack -- Stamp cards (set of 10)

We have Maximum Cards for all of these bridges but some are in short supply, and we are still waiting for some to be postmarked.  Buy in our shop here.

Special Postmarks

Postmarks available for the day of issue are shown here.  These postmarks cannot be obtained after the date of issue.  The images shown here may not be to scale.

Official first day postmark for British Bridges. Official first day postmark for Bridge stamps. Non-pictorial postmark for Bridges stamps. Postmark depicting Craigellachie Bridge.

Ref FD1507TH Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark

Ref FD1507PL Bridge, Canterbury Official Postmark

Ref FD1507NP
Bridge, Canterbury Official non-pictorial Postmark

Ref S13368
Cragellachie, Aberlour
Pulteney Bridge, Bath - River Avon, on Postmark.

 postmark of Pulteney Bridge.
Postmarks of Ironbridge and a railway viaduct.
Ref W13369
Pulteney Bridge, Bath
Ref W13379
Ref M13364
Ironbridge, Telford
Ref M13365
Bridge Street, Birmingham

Ref N13367 Royal Border Bridge
Celebrating 165 Years

(this available from 4 March to 3 September)
Postmark showing the Royal Border Bridge,Berwick.

Postmark of Newcastle-upon-Tyne bridge.

Ref N 13377
Newcastle upon Tyne

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This page updated 8 March 2015

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