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You may not have appreciated this with your focus on the horses, but the Channel Is POs manage to work a lighthouse into almost every multiple-stamp issue.

Birds of Prey - one of them will have a lighthouse.

It's a blatant attempt to get Lighthouse collectors, of whom there are many, to but the stamps - probably the whole set because many dealers won't split sets.
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Back to Hexham.

Hexham is a market town in Northumberland, England, south of the River Tyne, about 22 miles west of Newcastle Upon Tyne, with a population of almost 12,000.

Hexham Abbey originated as a monastery founded by Wilfrid in 674. The crypt of the original monastery survives, and incorporates many stones taken from nearby Roman ruins, probably Corbridge or Hadrian's Wall. The current Hexham Abbey dates largely from the 11th century onward, but was significantly rebuilt in the 19th century.

The name of Hexham derives from the Old English Hagustaldes ea and later Hagustaldes ham whence the modern form (with the "-ham" element) derives. Hagustald is related to the Old High German hagustalt, denoting a younger son who takes land outside the settlement; the element ea means "stream" or "river" and ham is the Old English form of the Modern English "home" (and the Scots and Northern English "hame").

Like many towns in the Anglo-Scottish border area and adjacent regions, Hexham suffered from the border wars between the kingdoms of Scotland and England, including attacks from William Wallace who burnt the town in 1297. In 1312, Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland, demanded and received £2000 from the town and monastery in order for them to be spared a similar fate. In 1346 the monastery was sacked in a later invasion led by King David II of Scotland. In 1464 during the Wars of the Roses, the Battle of Hexham was fought somewhere to the south of the town.

The town is served by Hexham, a station on the Tyne Valley Line. It is situated on part of the original Newcastle and Carlisle Railway route, dating back to 1837, and links the city of Newcastle upon Tyne with Carlisle. The line follows the course of the River Tyne through Northumberland.

Hexham's racecourse, a thoroughbred horse racing track, is at Yarridge Heights, just south of the town, in the hills above the town, with National Hunt (steeplechase) races throughout the year.

It is a left-handed circuit of about one and a half miles with a short uphill climb on the approach to the finishing straight and a run-in of 250 yards. Hexham is a National Hunt course with ten fences for the steeplechasers to negotiate. Its principal race is the Heart of All England Hunter Chase. Hexham is the most northerly National Hunt course in England and its remote position means that no races are held in February.
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In the late 1880’s the only notable steeplechasing in the area was at Rothbury and Newcastle and little is known of the first race meetings at Hexham before 1890. However, in that year the official form book records the first known results from a Hexham meeting held on Wednesday 23rd April 1890 when a 6 race card attracted a total of 31 runners. The two key figures in instigating the meeting were Charles Henderson and Sir Loftus Bates.

Although there is evidence to show that there was racing in Hexham in 1793, it was early 1890 when a small group of local influential gentlemen decided that an effort should be made to reintroduce racing. In 1907 ‘CWC’(Henderson) as he was more affectionately known bought the racecourse land.

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Limited edition KC cachet (number 4 of 4 done) for the 130th Anniversary of Racing at Hexham
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Postmarked Newcastle Upon Tyne - 23rd April 2020.

I presume the the Newcastle Upon Tyne pictorial postmark was used as it may have been considered more aesthetic. However I think it was have been more correct to use a postmark from Hexham Post Office. :)
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King's Lynn, known until 1537 as Bishop's Lynn & locally as Lynn, is a seaport & market town in Norfolk, England, 98 miles north of London, 36 miles north-east of Peterborough, 44 miles north-north-east of Cambridge & 44 miles west of Norwich with a population of 42,800.

The etymology of King's Lynn is uncertain. The name Lynn may signify a body of water near the town – the Welsh word llyn, means a lake; but the name is plausibly of Anglo-Saxon origin, from lean meaning a tenure in fee or farm. As the 1085 Domesday Book mentions saltings at Lena (Lynn), an area of partitioned pools or small lakes may have existed there at the time. The salt may have added to Herbert de Losinga's interest in the modest parish.

The town was named Len Episcopi (Bishop's Lynn) while under the temporal and spiritual jurisdiction of the Bishop of Norwich; but in the reign of Henry VIII it was surrendered to the crown and took the name of Lenne Regis or King's Lynn. Domesday records it as Lun and Lenn, and ascribes it to the Bishop of Elmham and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The town is generally known locally as Lynn. The city of Lynn, Massachusetts, north of Boston, was named in 1637 in honour of its first official minister of religion, Samuel Whiting, who arrived there from Lynn, Norfolk.


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The statue of Persimmon at Sandringham Stud

The ROYAL STUD at SANDRINGHAM is near King's Lynn, Norfolk, England. It was founded by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) in the 1880s, replacing the Royal Stud at Hampton Court. One of the most important residents in this early period was the Prince's broodmare PERDITA II (1881 by Hampton), who produced the Derby/St. Leger winner PERSIMMON (1893 by St. Simon), Guineas/Derby/St. Leger winner DIAMOND JUBILEE (1897 by St. Simon), and Goodwood Cup winner FLORIZEL II (1891 by St. Simon). PERSIMMON retired back to stud at Sandringham and was an outstanding sire.

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Marriage of HRH The Prince of Wales & Lady Diana Spencer fdc cancelled Kings Lynn & Sandringham - 22nd July 1981.
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Kings Lynn, Norfolk not sure when they dropped the apostrophe:
South Wootton Community Hall Fund Raising Committee fdc for Horse Racing stamps postmarked Kings Lynn fdi June 6th 1979.<br /><br />Cachet shows the names of all of the previous Derby winners.
South Wootton Community Hall Fund Raising Committee fdc for Horse Racing stamps postmarked Kings Lynn fdi June 6th 1979.

Cachet shows the names of all of the previous Derby winners.

South Wootton Community Hall Fund Raising Committee insert.
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Kings Lynn, Norfolk not sure when they dropped the apostrophe:

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Horse Racing British Post Office fdc postmarked at Kings Lynn, Norfolk with The Royal Studs Sandringham date stamp added as a cachet.

9p Saddling Mahmoud for the Derby 1936 (SG #1087),10½p The Liverpool Great National Steeplechase 1839 (SG #1088),
11p The First Spring Meeting Newmarket 1793 (SG #1089), 13p Racing at Dorset Ferry Windsor 1684 (SG # 1090).
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Kings Lynn Norfolk fdi postmark - 6th June 1979.
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Date stamp of "The Royal Stud, Sandringham" - 6th June 1979.
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All the Queen's Horses at Kings Lynn, Norfolk:
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Royal Mail All The Queen's Horses stamps fdc postmarked at London SW1 - 8th July 1997.
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ERII The Royal Studs, Kings Lynn, Norfolk in red - 8th July 1997

The horses on the stamps are:

St. Patrick (Royal Mews) 20p stamp, Thompson (Household Cavalry) 26p stamp, Janus (Household Cavalry) 43p stamp & River Star (Royal Mews) 63p stamp.
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Royal Leamington Spa, commonly known as Leamington Spa or simply Leamington is a spa town in Warwickshire. It is 96 miles north west of London with a population of around 55,000. Originally a small village called Leamington Priors, it grew into a spa town in the 18th century following the popularisation of its water which was reputed to have medicinal qualities. In the 19th century, the town experienced one of the most rapid expansions in England. It is named after the River Leam, which flows through the town.

Leamington Spa is the home of "British Eventing" ( previously known as the "British Horse Trials Association"), governing body for the equestrian sport of eventing, which combines a single rider and horse pairing competing in dressage, showjumping and cross country.

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Royal Leamington Spa host town for Royal Show 5-8th July 1966
PPP 642t Type 401 Used at Warwick & Leamington Spa 16th May to 7th July 1966
Postmarked 19th May 1966


British Eventing is responsible for Team GB selection for the Olympics and other international events. It forms part of the national umbrella body, the British Equestrian Federation which based at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire about 5 miles north of Leamington Spa. It is a small village of about 3,500 people & home to Stoneleigh Abbey & Stoneleigh Park, which at one time hosted the Royal Show.

It makes the cover in the next post l@@k a beauty. :)
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All the Queen's Horses at Leamington Spa & Stoneleigh Kenilworth, Warwickshire:
GB FDC 1997 - All The Queens Horses - Leamington Spa 1B.jpg
Royal Mail All The Queen's Horses stamps fdc issued 8th July 1997.
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British Horse Trials Association, Leamington Spa in red - 8th July 1997.
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Royal Mail All The Queen's Horses stamps fdc cancelled with 50th Anniversary of British Horse Society pictorial horsehead in horseshoe postmark, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth - 8th July 1997.

All the Queen's Horses, A Celebration of the Pony Club, Kenilworth, Warwickshire:
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Benham fdc of Folkestone Kent - All The Queen's Horses stamps fdc issued 8th July 1997.
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A Celebration of the Pony Club pictorial horse postmark - Kenilworth Warwickshire issued 8th July 1997.

The horses on the stamps are:

St. Patrick (Royal Mews) 20p stamp, Thompson (Household Cavalry) 26p stamp, Janus (Household Cavalry) 43p stamp & River Star (Royal Mews) 63p stamp.
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Coventry is about 7 miles north of Stoneleigh & when combined with Leamington Spa, it appears to be a famous horse riding area.

I sure readers here will be surprised read that one of the most noted & famous riders was right here in Coventry:

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Coventry Philatelic Society Souvenir cover for the 900th Anniversary of the Death of Lady Godiva
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Coventry pictorial Lady Godiva on horse postmark - 10th September 1967
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Insert of Coventry & Lady Godiva

Godiva, Countess of Mercia died on 10th September 1067, was a late Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who is relatively well documented as the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercias. Today, she is mainly remembered for a legend where she rode naked—covered only in her long hair—through the streets of Coventry to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation that her husband, Leofric, imposed on his tenants. The name "Peeping Tom" for a voyeur originates from later versions of this legend, in which a man named Thomas watched her ride and was struck blind or dead.

It has also been said that she was one of the biggest punters of all time, because she put everything she had on a horse :!: :lol:
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British Post Office 1979 Horse Racing stamp fdc postmarked Ilford Essex fdi - 6th June 1979.
Signed by Terry Biddlecomb

Terry Biddlecombe (2 February 1941 – 5 January 2014) was an English National Hunt racing jockey in the 1960s & 1970s. He was Champion Jockey in 1965, 1966 & 1969.


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Terry Biddlecombe


Biddlecombe was born in Hartpury, Gloucester on 2 February 1941. He rode 114 winners in the 1964/1965 season, & followed that with 102 the next season. In 1968/1969, he rode 77 winners, which saw him tied with Bob Davies. One of his finest moments came in the 1967 Cheltenham Gold Cup, when he rode the 100-8 horse Woodland Venture to victory. In 1972 he finished second in the Grand National on Gay Trip. Between 1972 and 1974, he rode many times for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, a well-known supporter of horse racing. In April 1974 he appeared on the television programme This Is Your Life, and finally retired from competitive racing having posted 905 winners.

In the early 1980s, Terry worked with the actor John Hurt for his role in the 1983 film Champions, the biopic of jockey Bob Champion. He had remained involved in horse racing until his death on 5 January 2014 following a long illness.

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Cheltenham Gold Cup
Champion Hurdle
Welsh Grand National
Triumph Hurdle
Mackeson Gold Cup
Irish Sweeps Hurdle

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Woodland Venture
Comedy of Errors
Gay Trip
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Next we head to Kelso & say hello to Nigel there. :)

Kelso is a market town in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland came into being as a direct result of the creation of Kelso Abbey in 1128. Within the boundaries of the historic county of Roxburghshire, it lies where the rivers Tweed and Teviot have their confluence. The town has a population of around 5,600 & is about 44 miles south east of Edinburgh & about 60 miles north of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Kelso's main tourist draws are the ruined Kelso Abbey and Floors Castle, a William Adam designed house completed in 1726. The Kelso Bridge was designed by John Rennie who later built London Bridge.

The town has much sport and recreation, the River Tweed at Kelso is renowned for its salmon fishing, there are two eighteen-hole golf courses as well as a National Hunt (jumping) horse racing track, Kelso Racecourse is known as "Britain's Friendliest Racecourse", racing first took place in Kelso in 1822.

The first recorded race meeting in Kelso took place at Caverton Edge in 1734. Races were also later held at Blakelaw. The foundation stone of the stand at the current racetrack at Berrymoss was laid on the 12 July 1822. It was initially known as the Duke's Course.

On the 19 May 1913 Edith Hudson, Arabella Scott, Agnes and Elizabeth Thomson were arrested for trying to set alight to Kelso Racecourse. They were all imprisoned at Calton jail and went on hunger strike together. Scott was released under the Cat and Mouse Act on 24 May from Calton jail.

Kelso was a flat racing track until 1888, when the United Border Hunt moved to the course. Since then, Kelso has run exclusively under National Hunt rules. Kelso consists of two sharp, left-handed tracks - a chase track of 1 mile 600 yards and a hurdle course of 1 mile 330 yards.

Kelso a US Thoroughbred who was rated the 4th best horse to race in North America in the 20th Century was named after Kelso Scotland. He won almost US$2,000,000 prizemoney in the early 1960s winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup (the richest race in the world at the time) 5 times from 1960 to 1964 & in each those years was the US Horse of the Year. He started 63 times for 39 wins, 12 seconds & 2 thirds:

In 2001 Sierra Leone issued a set of stamps for the world's greatest racehorses, which included Kelso:

Kelso stamp issued by Sierra Leone 27th February 2001
Kelso stamp issued by Sierra Leone 27th February 2001
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The Kelso Post Office had a number of pictorial machine slogan cancels but two main ones were regularly rotated between 1965 & 1975:
GB FDC 1966 -Kelso Pmk 1.jpg
PPP Type 90 - Kelso Church & Bridge
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PPP Type 238 - Kelso Races
Parsons, Peachey & Pearson give us the details of when the Kelso Races local publicity slogan machine cancel was used:

LP.393 Type 238 - 2 November- 10 December 1966
LP.431 Type 238 - 13 February - 4 March 1967
LP.449 Type 238 - 17 April - 29 April 1967
LP.541 Type 238 - 2 October - 21 October
LP.556 Type 238 - 27 November - 9 December
LP.603 Type 238 - 12 February - 24 February 1968
LP.620 Type 238 - 18 March - 30 March
LP.630 Type 238 - 15 April - 27 April
LP.720 Type 238 - 7 October - 19 October
LP.741 Type 238 - 2 December - 14 December
LP.775 Type 238 - 10 February - 22 February 1969
LP.784 Type 238 - 24 March - 5 April
LP.854 Type 238 - 29 September - 11 October
LP.867 Type 238 - 27 October - 8 November
LP.878 Type 238 - 1 December - 13 December
LP.913 Type 238 - 9 February - 21 February 1970
LP.935 Type 238 - 6 April - 18 April
LP.1001 Type 238 - 28 September - 17 October
LP.1047 Type 238 - 11 January - 19 January & 23 January 1971 (philatelic mail) - early finish due to postal strike
LP.1057 Type 238 - 15 March - 27 March
LP.1144 Type 238 - 10 October - 30 October
LP.1201 Type 238 - 21 February - 11 March 1972
LP.1283 Type 238 - 25 September - 14 October
LP.1357 Type 238 - 5 March - 24 March 1973
LP.1433 Type 238 - 17 September - 6 October
LP.1498 Type 238 - 4 February - 23 February 1974
LP.1591 Type 238 - 16 September - 5 October
LP.1636 Type 238 - 3 February - 22 February 1975
LP.1716 Type 238 - 15 September - 4 October
LP.1767 Type 238 - 2 February - 21 February 1976.

The Kelso Races slogan cancel was used at 30 different times as listed above. Up to 1970 it had been used 5 times a year but after that it gradually reduced to 1 in 1976 when last used.

It is logical to presume that it was used for a couple of weeks prior to each race meeting. Why did the usage decline I can't be sure & will need so more research. Perhaps the numbers of race meetings reduced. :)

Below are what I have but over the years unfortunately I have not found a lot.
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Kelso Races - PPP LP.393 type 238 used from 13th February to 4th March 1967.
OHMS cover to Cardiff - 18th February 1967.
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Kelso Races - PPP LP.541 type 238 used from 2nd October to 21st October 1967.
Postcard to Peterborough - 16th October 1967.
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Kelso Races - PPP LP.541 type 238 used from 2nd October to 21st October 1967.
Spot The Ball Competition to Peterborough - 16th October 1967.
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Kelso Races - PPP LP.1001 type 238 used from 28th September to 17th October 1970.
To Letchworth, Herts - 6th October 1970.
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Kelso Races - PPP LP.1433 type 238 used from 17th September to 6th October 1973.
To Manchester - 6th October 1973.
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Races - PPP LP.1409 type 238 used from 4th February to 23rd February 1974.
To Manchester - 22nd February1974.
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Kelso Races - PPP LP.1716 type 238 used from 15th September to 4th October 1975.
To Leeds, Yorkshire - 30th September 1975.

Cover is signed by Richard Pitman who rode Crisp into second place in the 1973 Aintree Grand National won by Red Rum. Crisp led by a big margin but ran out of gas in the shadows of the winning post.

Richard Thomas Pitman (born 21 January 1943) is a retired British jump jockey who rode 427 winners in his career including Lanzarote in the 1974 Champion Hurdle). He won the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park Racecourse twice, the Whitbread Gold Cup once and the Hennessy Gold Cup once.

He joined the BBC TV racing team in 1975. As an author he has written seven racing novels and five non-fiction books. He was married to Jenny Pitman; they divorced in 1977. Their son, Mark Pitman, was also a jockey and trainer.

I met Richard at AJRA (Australian Jumps Racing Association) dinner where signed this cover.The AJRA dinners were a terrific event with many top English jumps jockey attending as guest speakers. I mentionned I had a his ex-wifes autograph too. He said he did too on the divorce papers. :lol:

Major racing wins
1970 Whitbread Gold Cup
1972 Hennessy Gold Cup
1972 Gainsborough Chase
1972 Galloway Braes Novices' Chase
1972 King George VI Chase
1973 King George VI Chase
1974 Champion Hurdle

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Crisp
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Will tidy up the previous posts tomorrow. :)
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BigSaint wrote:
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PPP Type LP.90 - Kelso Church & Bridge
Wow! Thanks for sharing all these covers. I'm amazed you've found so many.

This is a very nice postmark showing Kelso Bridge at the left in front of Floors Castle and the ruins of Kelso Abbey on the right.

At the top in the middle is the spire of Kelso North Church and I think at the top right is the cupola on the roof of the Town Hall in the Square.

I went to school in Kelso and we used to get a school bus from our village into the town seeing these sights every day,

My very visit to a race course was to Kelso Races. :D
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Thanks for that Nigel.

Yes they are hard to find & what you see is what I have found in the last 20 years. Ideally I would like to find a cover from each time period used but somehow I don't think I will achieve that aim. :)
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Royal Counties Show, Kinsclere, Hampshire ( for which I can find no information), either it has changed name or has been discontinued.

This postmarked was used at Basingstoke & Newbury:

Royal Counties Show<br />June 24-25-26 1965<br />Kingsclere Hampshire<br />Postmarked Basingstoke, 24th February 1965.
Royal Counties Show
June 24-25-26 1965
Kingsclere Hampshire
Postmarked Basingstoke, 24th February 1965.


From the early 1900s to the mid-1960s, most major towns had their own slogan postmark which contained a number. In the case of Basingstoke it was 52, within a triangle. Of course it was impossible to know the exact date of posting unless another date stamp was applied:


Royal Counties Show<br />June 24-25-26 1965<br />Kingsclere Hampshire
Royal Counties Show
June 24-25-26 1965
Kingsclere Hampshire

PPP 511t Type 298<br />Used from 11th January to 26th June 1965
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Royal Counties Show<br />June 24-25-26 1965<br />Kingsclere Hampshire<br />Postmarked Newbury, 11th January 1965.
Royal Counties Show
June 24-25-26 1965
Kingsclere Hampshire
Postmarked Newbury, 11th January 1965.

From the early 1900s to the mid-1960s, most major towns had their own slogan postmark which contained a number. In the case of Newbury it was 544, within a triangle. Of course it was impossible to know the exact date of posting unless another date stamp was applied:
Royal Counties Show<br />June 24-25-26 1965<br />Kingsclere Hampshire
Royal Counties Show
June 24-25-26 1965
Kingsclere Hampshire

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From the early 1900s to the mid-1960s, most major towns had their own slogan postmark which contained a number. In the case of Basingstoke it was 52, within a triangle. Of course it was impossible to know the exact date of posting unless another date stamp was applied:

Royal Counties Show<br />June 23-24-25 1966<br />Kingsclere Hampshire<br /><br />PPP 560t Type 341<br />Used from 27th June 1965 to 26th June 1966
Royal Counties Show
June 23-24-25 1966
Kingsclere Hampshire

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Royal Counties Show<br />June 23-24-25 1966<br />Kingsclere Hampshire<br />Postmarked Newbury 8th July 1965
Royal Counties Show
June 23-24-25 1966
Kingsclere Hampshire
Postmarked Newbury 8th July 1965

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From the early 1900s to the mid-1960s, most major towns had their own slogan postmark which contained a number. In the case of Newbury it was 544, within a triangle. Of course it was impossible to know the exact date of posting unless another date stamp was applied:

Royal Counties Show<br />June 23-24-25 1966<br />Kingsclere Hampshire<br /><br />PPP 560t Type 298<br />Used from 27th June 1965 to 26th June 1966
Royal Counties Show
June 23-24-25 1966
Kingsclere Hampshire

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Royal Counties Show<br />June 22-23-24 1967<br />Kingsclere Hampshire
Royal Counties Show
June 22-23-24 1967
Kingsclere Hampshire

PPP 656t Type 411<br />Used from 26th June 1966 to 6th September 1966
PPP 656t Type 411
Used from 26th June 1966 to 6th September 1966


From the early 1900s to the mid-1960s, most major towns had their own slogan postmark which contained a number. In the case of Basingstoke it was 52, within a triangle. Of course it was impossible to know the exact date of posting unless another date stamp was applied:
Royal Counties Show<br />June 22-23-24 1967<br />Kingsclere Hampshire<br />Postmarked Basingstoke, 6th July 1966
Royal Counties Show
June 22-23-24 1967
Kingsclere Hampshire
Postmarked Basingstoke, 6th July 1966


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From the early 1900s to the mid-1960s, most major towns had their own slogan postmark which contained a number. In the case of Newbury it was 544, within a triangle. Of course it was impossible to know the exact date of posting unless another date stamp was applied:

Royal Counties Show<br />June 22-23-24 1967<br />Kingsclere Hampshire<br /><br />PPP 656t Type 411<br />Used from 26th June 1966 to 6th September 1966
Royal Counties Show
June 22-23-24 1967
Kingsclere Hampshire

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Used from 26th June 1966 to 6th September 1966

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Off to a meeting, back to tidy these up this evening. :D
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If you travel from London to Royal Ascot, on the way, you may like to stop off at the Kew Gardens for a cup of tea & to smell the roses in the fabulous rose garden there.

Kew Gardens is a botanic garden in southwest London that houses the "largest & most diverse botanical & mycological collections in the world". Founded in 1840, from the exotic garden at Kew Park in Middlesex, England, its living collections includes some of the 27,000 taxa curated by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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Royal Mail Roses 1991 fdc with 1976 Roses SG#1006-1009 Stamps &amp; 1991 World Congress of Roses SG#1568-1572 stamps added
Royal Mail Roses 1991 fdc with 1976 Roses SG#1006-1009 Stamps & 1991 World Congress of Roses SG#1568-1572 stamps added

Postmarked Kew Gardens MSPO Surrey 16th July 1991
Postmarked Kew Gardens MSPO Surrey 16th July 1991
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BigSaint wrote:
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From the early 1900s to the mid-1960s, most major towns had their own slogan postmark which contained a number. In the case of Basingstoke it was 52, within a triangle. Of course it was impossible to know the exact date of posting unless another date stamp was applied:

In most cases, including Basingstoke, the number was the same as had been allocated all the way back in 1844 when the numeral obliterators replaced the Maltese Cross.

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Thank you for that information fchd. :)
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Our next stop is at Aintree Liverpool for the Grand National & when we think of the Grand National, we think of Red Rum:

Sierra Leone - Red Rum stamp issued 27th February 2001
Sierra Leone - Red Rum stamp issued 27th February 2001

Red Rum (3 May 1965 – 18 October 1995) was a champion Thoroughbred steeplechaser. He achieved an unmatched historic treble when he won the Grand National in 1973, 1974 and 1977, and also came second in the two intervening years, 1975 and 1976. The Grand National is a notoriously difficult race that has been described as "the ultimate test of a horse’s courage".

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Liverpool is a city & metropolitan borough in Merseyside, England with a population of almost 500,000 about 178 miles north west of London. Liverpool is the tenth-largest English district by population, & the largest in Merseyside & the surrounding region. It lies within the UK's sixth-most populous urban area. Liverpool's metropolitan area is the fifth-largest in the UK with a population of 2.24 million.

Liverpool is on the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. It became a borough in 1207 & a city in 1880. In 1889, it became a county borough independent of Lancashire. Its growth as a major port was paralleled by the expansion of the city throughout the Industrial Revolution. In the 19th century, Liverpool was a major port of departure for English & Irish emigrants to North America. It was home to both the Cunard & White Star Line, & was the port of registry of the ocean liners RMS Titanic, RMS Lusitania, RMS Queen Mary, & RMS Olympic. The city is closely associated with the arts, especially music; the popularity of the Beatles, widely regarded as the most influential music group in history.

In sports, the city is best known for being the home of Premier League football clubs Liverpool and Everton, with matches between the two being known as the Merseyside derby. The annual Grand National horse race takes place at Aintree Racecourse.

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Aintree Racecourse is a racecourse in Aintree, Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Merseyside, bordering the city of Liverpool. The racecourse is best known for annually holding the world-famous Grand National steeplechase.

The course is home of the Grand National steeplechase, one of the most famous races in the world. Steeplechasing at Aintree was introduced in 1836, though flat racing had taken place there for many years prior to this. It is regarded as the most difficult of all courses to complete successfully, with 16 steeplechase fences including renowned obstacles the Chair, Foinavon, Valentine's, Canal Turn and Becher's Brook. All fences bar the water jump are covered with spruce, unlike at any other course in British National Hunt racing.

The Grand National race is run over 4 miles 514 yards (6.907 km) after being re-measured by the BHA in 2015. The race is considered among the most demanding steeplechases in the world. There are usually 40 horses taking part in the race (this has been the maximum since 1984) but fewer than ten may actually complete the course: for example, 42 horses started in 1928, and only two reached the finishing post. The record for the most victories in the Grand National is held by Red Rum, who won three times in the 1970s, in addition to coming second twice.

The Grand National has been broadcast live on television in the United Kingdom since 1960 & has also been broadcast on radio since 1927.

While Red Rum is the only horse to win the race 3 times (1973, 1974 & 1977), 6 others have managed to win it twice. Abdel-El-Kadan (1850 & 1851), The Lamb (1868 & 1871), The Colonel (1869 & 1870), Reynoldstown (1935 & 1936) & Tiger Roll (2018 & 2019). The 2020 was cancelled by the Covid 19 pandemic so maybe Tiger Roll will try to make it 3 in 2021.

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Sierra Leone stamp - Battleship issued 27th February 2001

Battleship (1927–1958), a son of Man o' War voted the best horse to race in North America in the 20th Century, was an American thoroughbred racehorse who is the only horse to have won both the American Grand National (1934) and the Grand National (1938) steeplechase races.

Note there is an error on the stamp stating he won the American Grand National in 1935.
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A collage of Red Rum images combined with the 1979 Horse Racing set of stamps:

Red Rum collage produced by Jan Blatchley of Reading, Berkshire, UK
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1979 Horse Racing PHQ card for 10½p stamp, The Liverpool Great National Steeplechase 1839 postmarked with the Liverpool fdi on 6th June 1979:

1979 Horse Racing PHQ card for 10½p stamp, The Liverpool Great National Steeplechase 1839 postmarked with the Liverpool fdi on 6th June 1979:
1979 Horse Racing PHQ card for 10½p stamp, The Liverpool Great National Steeplechase 1839 postmarked with the Liverpool fdi on 6th June 1979:

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With colour control selvage

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Reverse of PHQ card
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British Post Office 1979 Horse Racing stamp fdc postmarked for 10½p stamp, The Liverpool Great National Steeplechase 1839 postmarked with the Liverpool fdi on 6th June 1979
British Post Office 1979 Horse Racing stamp fdc postmarked for 10½p stamp, The Liverpool Great National Steeplechase 1839 postmarked with the Liverpool fdi on 6th June 1979

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Signed by Brian Fletcher who rode Red Rum to victory in the Aintree Grand Nation in 1973 &amp; 1974 &amp; was second placed on him in 1975.
Signed by Brian Fletcher who rode Red Rum to victory in the Aintree Grand Nation in 1973 & 1974 & was second placed on him in 1975.

Brian Fletcher (18 May 1947 – 11 January 2017) was an English jockey known for riding the horse Red Rum to win the Grand National in 1973 and 1974 and for second place in 1975. He first won the Grand National at the age of 20, in 1968 riding Red Alligator.

Fletcher began his horse racing career aged 16 with trainer Denys Smith. In 1967, Fletcher rode Red Alligator in the 1967 Grand National, finishing third. The next year, Fletcher rode Red Alligator & won the Grand National. The day before, Fletcher had had a fall and most fellow jockeys had not expected him to race in the event. After missing 10 months after a head injury sustained in 1972, Fletcher returned to horse racing. He won the 1973 and 1974 Grand Nationals riding Red Rum. His record winning time on Red Rum in the 1973 Grand National was to stand for 17 years till beaten by Mr Frisk ridden by Marcus Armytage, & apart from Ernie Piggott, (Lester Piggott's grandfather) and George Stevens (who won five times in the 19th century), Fletcher is the only jockey to have won the Grand National three times. In 1974, Fletcher also won the Scottish Grand National riding Red Rum, and Fletcher came second to Josh Gifford in the jockeys' title race. In 1976, Fletcher had a dispute with Red Rum's trainer Ginger McCain, and rode the 1976 Grand National on Eyecatcher, finishing third. He retired in 1976.

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Signed by Tommy Stack who rode Red Rum to victory in the Aintree Grand Nation in 1977 &amp; was second placed on him in 1976.
Signed by Tommy Stack who rode Red Rum to victory in the Aintree Grand Nation in 1977 & was second placed on him in 1976.

Tommy Stack (born 15 November 1945 in Moyvane, County Kerry, Ireland) is a former National Hunt racing jockey and trainer. As a jockey, he is probably best known for piloting Red Rum to a third Grand National victory. Stack was National Hunt Champion Jockey for the 1974-75 and 1976-77 seasons. He got his first trainer's licence in 1986. In 1994 he trained Las Meninas to win the 1000 Guineas. His other major winners include Tarascon (Irish 1000 Guineas) and Kostroma (Beverly D. Stakes).

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Benham "Daily Mirror Punters Club" cachet fdc cancelled with the Epsom Surrey pictorial Derby 200 postmark which was only available on 6th June 1979:

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Signed by John Oaksey, John Dunlop, Venetia Williams, Willie Carson, Lester Piggott, Luca Cumani, Ginger McCain & Henrietta Knight.

Donald "Ginger" McCain (21 September 1930 – 19 September 2011) was an English horse trainer who led the champion steeplechaser Red Rum to three Grand National victories in the 1970s.

McCain applied for a training permit in 1953 and began training horses in 1962, using small stables behind the showroom of his used-car store in his hometown of Southport. He bought a horse for 6,000 guineas that turned out to be suffering from a debilitating bone disease. The horse was Red Rum.

McCain trained the winner of the Grand National steeplechase four times, three times in the 1970s with Red Rum and a fourth time in 2004 with Amberleigh House. His first and fourth victories were over 30 years apart.

The 1973 Grand National was a duel of nine minutes two seconds between Red Rum and Crisp, with L'Escargot (a previous double Cheltenham Gold Cup winner and future 1975 Grand National winner) well beaten in third place. The winning time broke the course record that had stood for nearly 40 years and remained unbeaten until it was bettered by Mr Frisk in the 1990 Grand National immediately after a number of safety changes sped up the course for that year. In 2009 four Guardian journalists compiled a list of six Grand National moments and selected the 1973 Grand National battle as number one.

George Dockeray and Fred Rimell are the only other people to train four winners of the Grand National.

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Red Rum, 1973, 1974 &amp; 1977 Aintree Grand National winner in action in the yellow cap - Greeting card published by GDS Cards (Horse Racing Classics series 1950 - 1979)
Red Rum, 1973, 1974 & 1977 Aintree Grand National winner in action in the yellow cap - Greeting card published by GDS Cards (Horse Racing Classics series 1950 - 1979)
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British Post Office overprinted Aintree - Registered 1979 Horses Racing fdc , prepared by &amp; addressed to A G Bradbury, Leicester.
British Post Office overprinted Aintree - Registered 1979 Horses Racing fdc , prepared by & addressed to A G Bradbury, Leicester.

Postmarked Aintree Liverpool 6th June 1979
Postmarked Aintree Liverpool 6th June 1979

Horse &amp; Jockey in purple, first day of issue, 6th June 1979.
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1979 Horse Racing first day cover by Green &amp; Co (Philatelics) postmarked with the Liverpool fdi postmark on 6th June 1979.
1979 Horse Racing first day cover by Green & Co (Philatelics) postmarked with the Liverpool fdi postmark on 6th June 1979.

10½p single stamp fdc - Limited Edition number 1982 of 4000
10½p single stamp fdc - Limited Edition number 1982 of 4000

1979 Horse Racing first day cover by Green &amp; Co (Philatelics) postmarked with the Liverpool fdi postmark on 6th June 1979.
1979 Horse Racing first day cover by Green & Co (Philatelics) postmarked with the Liverpool fdi postmark on 6th June 1979.

10½p gutter pair stamp fdc - Limited Edition number 1939 of 4000
10½p gutter pair stamp fdc - Limited Edition number 1939 of 4000

Insert card which gives details of the stamp issue as well as confirming the fdc was designed, produced &amp; marketed by Greens Philatelics
Insert card which gives details of the stamp issue as well as confirming the fdc was designed, produced & marketed by Greens Philatelics
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Codesort Comes to Liverpool cds 6th June 1979
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Colorano Silk fdc for the 10½p stamp, The Liverpool Great National Steeplechase 1839 postmarked with the Liverpool fdi on 6th June 1979 &amp; signed by Peter Scudamore.
Colorano Silk fdc for the 10½p stamp, The Liverpool Great National Steeplechase 1839 postmarked with the Liverpool fdi on 6th June 1979 & signed by Peter Scudamore.

Colorano cachets were the brain child of Ray Novak & the name Colorano came from Color-Ray-Novak which was shortened to Colorano but pronounced Colorayno. Ray produced covers in the 1950's with the help of cachetmaker Ludwig Staehle who was known as the "King of Early Cachet Making" who Ray met by chance. The first silk cachet Colorano produced was for the USA Churchill issue (Scott 1264) on May 13, 1965. Colorano are still produced today.

Peter Scudamore (born 29 June 1958), often known as 'Scu', is a former jockey and trainer in National Hunt racing. He was an eight-time Champion Jockey (including one title shared with John Francome), riding 1,678 winning horses in his career. He received an MBE for his services to the sport of horse racing.

Major racing wins
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Welsh Grand National (1985, 1988, 1989, 1991)
Triumph Hurdle (1986)
Ritz Club National Hunt Chase (1986)
Queen Mother Champion Chase (1987)
Champion Hurdle (1988, 1993)
Hennessy Gold Cup (1988, 1991)
Mackeson Gold Cup (1988)
Sun Alliance Chase (1991, 1992, 1993)
Imperial Cup (1989, 1993)
Scottish Grand National (1987, 1992)

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Re: My English, GB & UK Horse Racing Cover Collection.

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Quadrocolorplus fdc for the 10½p stamp, The Liverpool Great National Steeplechase 1839 postmarked with the Liverpool fdi on 6th June 1979 perhaps done by the addressee, Henry Murray of Arlington Supplies, London.
Quadrocolorplus fdc for the 10½p stamp, The Liverpool Great National Steeplechase 1839 postmarked with the Liverpool fdi on 6th June 1979 perhaps done by the addressee, Henry Murray of Arlington Supplies, London.

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