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A British Journey - South West England - 8 February 2005

The fourth stage of 'A British Journey' takes us to South West England.
Regional labels are not always applied consistently in England, but this series includes stamps from the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset and Lundy Island, which is administratively part of Devon.

The stamps in the set show:
2nd class - Old Harry Rocks, Studland Bay, Dorset. The great chalk ridge of the Purbeck Hills ends at the English Channel where sheer cliffs drop 500 feet (150m) into the sea, with the rocks standing off shore.
1st class - Wheal Coates, St Agnes, Cornwall. The Tin Mine at Wheal Coates stands on a ledge 300ft (90m) above the sea on the north Cornwall coast.
40p - Start Point & Start Bay, Devon The lighthouse at Start Point is on one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast, running sharply almost a mile into the sea near Dartmouth.
43p - Horton Down, Wiltshire. The farmland on these chalk downs near Devizes has been the scene of crop circles in 2000 and there are believed to be ancient tombs and sarsen stones nearby.
47p or 57p - Chiselcombe, Exmoor. Much of Exmoor's 170,000 acres of moorland and upland farms is in Somerset. But Chiselcombe is near Watersmeet, which is south of Lynmouth on Devon's north coast, not in Somerset as suggested in RM publicity.
68p - St James's Stone, Lundy Island. Lundy - well known to stamp collectors for the local stamps which have been produced for many years - is some 11 miles (20km) off Hartland Point on the Devon coast, and is only only 3 miles (5km) long and 1 mile (2km) across at its widest point.
Previous sets in this series have had a 47p stamp; although the Royal Mail publicity describes this as 47p some illustrations show it as 47p and some as 57p.

set of six stamps depicting the landscapes of south west england

2nd class - Old Harry Rocks, Studland Bay, Dorset,

1st class - Wheal Coates (Tin Mine), St Agnes, Cornwall

40p - Start Point & Start Bay, Devon,

43p - Horton Down, Wiltshire

47p or 57p - Chiselcombe, Exmoor, Somerset

68p - St James's Stone, Lundy Island

Technical details: .
The stamps are printed in gravure by De La Rue, perf 14.5, with PVA gum.
All images are taken from Royal Mail's Philatelic Bulletin and Postmark Bulletin, and are Copyright 2005 by Royal Mail.

Norvic Exclusive First Day Cover

As with previous British Journey sets we have produced an exclusive FDC for this issue showing a map with a route linking the locations on the stamps:
Norvic First Day Cover with set of 6 stamps, postmark W9429 or W9400 - 6.35, mint set 3.75

Norvic Philatelics official FDC for South-west England stamps with lighthouse postmark
Norvic Philatelics official FDC for South-west England stamps with Sailing ship postmark

Also available:
PO FDCs also available - price 4.60 - ask for details.

All prices exclude postage & packing. For orders and prices in foreign currencies - please email us.

Special postmarks available on the Day of Issue are shown here:

white horse, chalk hill carving compass pointing south-west three-masted sailing ship sailing dinghy concorde, warship and steam locomotive Stourhead (buildings)
Ref FD503
Official Bureau postmark showing White Horse, Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire
this is carved into a chalk hillside
Ref FD504
The Lizard, Helston (Cornwall)
Ref W9400
Penzance, Cornwall
Ref M9397
Cornwall Road, Birmingham
Ref W9399
Variable date postmark available 8 February-13 July
Ref L9395
The National Trust, Stourhead, Warminster (Wiltshire)
Old Harry Rocks, Dorset Wheal Coates Tin Mine, Cornwall Start Point Lighthouse, Devon Avebury Stone Circle, Wiltshire Exmoor Pony, Devon 'MS Oldenburg' Bideford to Lundy Island
Ref W9427
Studland, Swanage, Dorset
Ref W9425
St Agnes, Cornwall (Tin Mine)
Ref W9429
Hallsands, Kingsbridge, Devon (Lighthouse)
Ref W9428
Avebury, Marlborough (Stone Circle)
Ref W9426
Lynmouth, Devon
Ref W9430 Bideford, Devon MS Oldenburg to Lundy Island
Cornish tin mine Harbour light, Lynmouth map of south west England Uffington White Horse Note:
The map on L9406 is inaccurate: the counties of Somerset and Wiltshire are separated from the sea by Dorset, which is the location depicted on the 2nd class stamp.
W9432 is not in South West England but is actually in Oxfordshire.
L9407 depicts the Harbour light at Lynmouht in north Devon.
Ref W9431
S W England, Penzance (Tin Mine)
Ref L9407
Lynmouth Road, London N2
Ref L9406
Cornwall Road, London SE1
Ref W9432
Uffington White Horse, Faringdon

This page updated 9 February 2005

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