North Down DUP MLAs Gordon Dunne and Alex Easton join postman Mark Strain to help launch the new Ballycopeland Windmill Stamp


ROYAL MAIL CELEBRATES THE WINDMILLS AND WATERMILLS OF THE UK WITH SPECIAL BALLYCOPELAND WINDMILL STAMP

As a tribute to these iconic and endearing structures, Royal Mail will today issue a new set of Special Stamps featuring three windmills and three watermills from around the UK including the Ballycopeland windmill at Millisle

·        The set of stamps also features: Nutley Windmill, East Sussex; Cheddleton Flint Mill, Staffordshire; Woodchurch Windmill, near Ashford, Kent and Felin Cochwillan Mill, Gwynedd and New Abbey Corn Mill, Dumfries

·        Windmills were widespread throughout Britain by the end of the 13th century

·        Watermills were introduced into Britain by the Romans in the 1st century AD

·        Some of the UK’s surviving windmills and watermills are over 400 years old and many are still in working order

·        Royal Mail will provide a special handstamp on all mail posted at the nearest postbox to the mill at Ashley Park, Millisle. It will be applied for five days from 20 - 24 June, 2017

·        The new stamps are available from today at www.royalmail.com/windmills and 7,000 Post Offices across the UK

Royal Mail today celebrates the Windmills and Watermills of the UK with the launch of a set of Special Stamps, featuring the Ballycopeland windmill at Millisle.

Ballycopeland Windmill is the last surviving example of over a hundred windmills that once stood in a rich grain-growing area of the Ards Peninsula in County Down. The stone tower mill dates from the late 18th century and contains four floors and machinery to drive three pairs of millstones, for grinding corn and shelling oats. Distinctive elements are the four roller-reefing sails incorporating a design patented by Captain Stephen Hooper in 1789, and now a unique feature on a windmill in the British Isles.

 

The mill was commercially operational until 1915 and was restored in several phases between 1938 and the present day. It is now in the care of the Northern Ireland Department for Communities. An extensive programme of repair and restoration work is currently underway to preserve this historic mill for future generations.

The  new set of stamps are a tribute to these iconic and endearing structures, the six-stamp set features three windmills and three watermills from all around the UK. 

North Down DUP MLA Gordon Dunne added; 'I am delighted with how this new stamp has turned out, it is exciting to have such a local landmark feature on a stamp. This Windmill is a very historic and a proud landmark feature of our local area and it is great to see it on this stamp, taking its place alongside other key landmarks across the UK.'

The set also includes, Nutley Windmill, East Sussex; Ballycopeland Windmill, County Down, Northern Ireland; Cheddleton Flint Mill, Staffordshire; Woodchurch Windmill, near Ashford, Kent, Felin Cochwillan Mill, Gwynedd and New Abbey Corn Mill, Dumfries.

 

Royal Mail’s stamp strategy manager, Philip Parker, added: “The windmills and watermills of the UK are much-loved landmarks and reminders of our rich agricultural and industrial heritage. We celebrate six of these fascinating structures with new stamps.”

 

Royal Mail will provide a special handstamp on all mail posted at the nearest postbox to the mill at Ashley Park, Millisle. It will be applied for five days from 20 - 24 June, 2017.

 

The new stamps are available from today at www.royalmail.com/windmills and 7,000 Post Offices across the UK.








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