Royal Mail is celebrating the
lives and work of ten prominent Britons with a new set of
stamps. The Britons of Distinction stamps celebrate ten
distinguished individuals from the realms of science and
technology, architecture, politics and the arts who have all
made a major contribution to British society.
The ten 1st Class stamps feature
a mixture of portraits and images of these individuals and
their achievements. Ours is 1st Class – Thomas
Newcomen – inventor of the atmospheric steam engine. Devon
ironmonger, engineer and inventor of the atmospheric steam
engine, which helped power the Industrial Revolution. His
first working engine was installed at a coalmine near Dudley
Castle in Staffordshire in 1712.
Of course we have an original
Newcomen Engine in the town of Dartmouth where he was born
and invented the engine. Dartmouth dot TV have bought
16 of these rare stamps and we will be offering them as
prizes in a forthcoming competition (no purchase necessary).