|BC470B||Post & Go - Freshwater Life - Rivers - Machine Stamps, unsigned||£18.50||Buy Now|
|BC470D||Post & Go - Freshwater Life - Rivers - Bureau Stamps, Stampex Postmark, unsigned||£20.00||Limited Availability|
|BC470BS||Post & Go - Freshwater Life - Rivers - Machine Stamps, signed Jeremy Wade||£25.00||Buy Now|
|BC470S||Post & Go - Freshwater Life - Rivers - Bureau Stamps, signed Jeremy Wade||£25.00||Buy Now|
|BC470||Post & Go - Freshwater Life - Rivers - Bureau Stamps, unsigned||£30.00||Limited Availability|
|BC470DS||Post & Go-Freshwater Life-Rivers-Bureaus Stamps, Stampex Postmark, signed Christopher Wormell||£30.00||Buy Now|
|BC470S2||Post & Go - Freshwater Life - Rivers - Bureau Stamps, signed Rick Stein||£30.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 20/09/2013
Issue Name: Post & Go - Freshwater Life - Rivers
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The latest in Royal Mail's pictorial Post & Go issue, this set of stamps depicts creatures that live in the UK's rivers: Atlantic Salmon, River Lamprey, White-clawed Crayfish, Brown Trout, Blue-winged Olive Mayfly larva and the Minnow. A limited number were signed personally by River Monsters creator and host, extreme angler, writer and biologist, Jeremy Wade. River Monsters is a documentary television series aired on Animal Planet.
These stamps work with Post & Go terminals around the country - which allow customers to weigh their letters and packets, pay for and print postage labels and stamps without the need to visit the counter. The first Post & Go machine was trialled in The Galleries Post Office® in Bristol in 2008. Since then some collectors have specialised in Post & Go covers.
Rivers have always been important to development. In ancient times, villages and towns grew alongside a waterway because it gave easy acess to water, it was a simple way to transport heavy loads and it provided fish for food. However, it provided an easy approach for enemy ships too, so many ancient towns beside rivers are also fortresses.
This cover shows a typical British river, the River Avon at Stratford, Warwickshire. Sometimes known as the Upper Avon or Warwickshire Avon, it rises in the Northamptonshire uplands near Naseby, where the key battle of the first English Civil War was fought on the 14th June 1645 and the main army of King Charles I was destroyed by the Parliamentarian forces. It flows southwest through Warwick, past the castle built by William the Conqueror, through Stratford upon Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare and past Evesham, where on the 4th August 1265, Simon de Montfort was defeated by the Royalist forces.
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Jeremy Wade is a British television presenter and author of books on angling. He is known for his television series River Monsters and Jungle Hooks.
Christopher Richard "Rick" Stein CBE is an English celebrity chef, restaurateur and television presenter.
Christopher Wormell is an English print-maker, principally known for his illustrated books.