|BC434A2||A to Z of Britain (Part One) - Harlech Castle, with a Welsh Dragon alternative postmark, unsigned||£20.00||Buy Now|
|BC434A||A to Z of Britain (Part One) - Harlech Castle, unsigned||£30.00||Limited Availability|
|BC434A2S||A to Z of Britain (Part One) - Harlech Castle, alt Welsh Dragon Postmark Signed 8th Earl of Carnarvo||£35.00||Buy Now|
|BC434AS||A to Z of Britain (Part One) - Harlech Castle, Signed George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon||£35.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 13/10/2011
Issue Name: A to Z of Britain (Part One) - Harlech Castle
Producer: Buckingham Covers
In a 26-stamp issue, Royal Mail takes a tour around Great Britain in alphabetical order, highlighting iconic landmarks which have had an essential presence in the nation's fabric. The first of this two-part issue looks at letters A through L. Featuring the second six stamps (G-L) of the first Britain A-Z issue along with a specially designed pictorial 'H for Harlech Castle' postmark, and is available signed by the 8th Earl of Carnarvon.
Harlech Castle is one of the great castles built by Edward I to enforce his rule over the Welsh. Situated high upon a rocky outcrop, its seaward side was defended by sheer cliffs, while a deep moat protected the other sides. It was designed by Master James of St George, who personally supervised its construction, ensuring that the vast fortress was completed in just seven years (1283-1290). The castle is built to a concentric design with an impressive inner curtain wall with huge round towers on the corners, surrounded by an outer perimeter of much lower walls. The inner walls contained domestic buildings, including a great hall, and the more vulnerable east side of the castle was strengthened by a massive gatehouse that contained comfortable residential quarters.
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Small numbers personally signed by George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon