|BC219||World Heritage Sites - Blenheim Palace, 4 stamps, unsigned||£17.50||Buy Now|
|BC219B||World Heritage Sites - Blenheim Palace, other 4 Heritage stamps, unsigned||£20.00||Limited Availability|
|BC219DBL||World Heritage Sites - Blenheim Palace, 4 UK stamps, and 4 Australian stamps||£25.00||Limited Availability|
|BC219S||World Heritage Sites - Blenheim Palace, 4 stamps, signed by the Duke of Marlborough||£30.00||Buy Now|
|BC219S3||World Heritage Sites - Blenheim Palace, 4 stamps, signed by Peter Bowles||£40.00||Buy Now|
|BC219FS||World Heritage Sites - Blenheim Palace, 8 stamps, signed by the Duke of Marlborough||£50.00||Buy Now|
|BC219F||World Heritage Sites - Blenheim Palace, 8 stamps, unsigned||£65.00||Limited Availability|
|BC219FS1||World Heritage Sites - Blenheim Palace, 4 stamps, signed by Jeremy Irons||£90.00||Limited Availability|
|BC219FS2||World Heritage Sites-Blenheim Palace, 8 stamps, signed by Jeremy Irons & the Duke of Marlborough||£100.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 21/04/2005
Issue Name: World Heritage Sites - Blenheim Palace
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The World Heritage stamps from 21st April 2005 was a joint issue between Royal Mail and Australia Post. There were 8 stamps in total. 4 featured British Heritage sites and the other 4 showed Australian heritage sites
Stunning Blenheim Palace in Oxford is featured on the 47p stamp. The palace was built on Queen Anne's orders for John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Our main edition of this cover has just the 4 stamps featuring British Heritage sites, but a smaller number were produced with the full set of 8 stamps as well. This cover is available signed by the current Duke of Marlborough, Jeremy Irons or Peter Bowles.
The name Blenheim derives from a decisive battle that took place on the 13th August 1704 on the north bank of the river Danube, near a small vilage called Blindheim, where the French leader Marshall Tallard had fixed his lines. Here John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough won a great allied victory over the forces of Louis XIV thus saving Europe from French domination.
In reward for his services in defending Holland and Austria from invasion by the Frech, a grateful Queen Anne granted to Marlborough the Royal Manor of Woodstock and signified that she would build him, at her expense, a house called Blenheim.
Building began in 1705. The Duke continued to give his ueen and country victory after victory overseas, his absence gave others a chance to hatch a plot designed to topple him from favour. As a result the money that had been promised to him for building Blenheim didn't arrive, leaving the Duke owing £45,000 to masons, carvers and others including Vanbrugh the Architect.
In the summer of 1712 all work ceased and following the death of Queen Anne in 1714 the Duke paid all the unpaid bills and completed the Palace at his own expense.
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Duke of Marlborough is a title in the Peerage of England. It was created by Queen Anne in 1702 for John Churchill, 1st Earl of Marlborough, the noted military leader. In historical texts, it is often to him that an unqualified use of the title refers. The name of the dukedom refers to Marlborough in Wiltshire.
Jeremy John Irons is an English actor. After receiving classical training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Irons began his acting career on stage in 1969 and has since appeared in many West End theatre productions.
Peter Bowles is an English actor of stage and television. He played Richard DeVere in To The Manor Born.