Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps

Hampton Court Palace - 31 July 2018

Hampton 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.

Set of 6 stamps depicting views of Hampton Court.

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
Miniature sheet of 4 stamps showing interior of Hampton Court. 

The four stamps feature interior views
1st class:  Great Hall, King's Great Bedchamber
£1.45: Chapel Royal, King's Staircase
Retail booklet of 6 stamps with 2 Hampton Court specials.

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 visitors.

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 here)

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