Issue Date: 08/11/2011
Issue Name: Christmas 2011 - Peterborough Cathedral
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The 2011 Christmas issue was created with inspiration from verses in the Authorised King James edition of the bible, of which we marked the 400th anniversary in 2011. This cover features the stamps torn from the 2011 Christmas miniature sheet along with a Peterborough postmark. Small numbers have been personally signed by Rt. Rev. Donald Allister, Bishop of Peterborough.
Peterborough has been a site of Christian worship for almost 1350 years. The first abbey established in 655 AD, was largely destroyed by Viking raiders in 870. In the mid 10th century a Benedictine Abbey was created from what remained of the earlier abbey, with a larger church and more extensive buildings. The abbey's ancillary buildings were destroyed in Hereward the Wake's resistaice to the Norman takeover in 1069, but the church survived until an accidental fire swept through it in 1116. Only a small section of the foundations of the Saxon church remain beneath the south transept but there are several significant artefacts including Saxon carvings from the earler building.
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The Rt Revd. Donald Allister is the Bishop of Peterborough