Stamps from Lundy are not only the longest-running British locals – first issued in 1929 – but they are also the most popular items in our shop.
To help those who are new to Lundy stamps, or who want to grow their collection, we have compiled a special starter pack, featuring 30 different stamps from a range of decades. All the stamps are unmounted mint (U/M / MNH / mint never hinged), and are sold at a significant discount compared to the cost of nearly £10 when bought separately.
Each collection contains:
- 1953 Coronation – ½p, 1p, 6p and 9p (four of seven values from that issue)
- 1954 Silver Jubilee – Seamail – ½p and 1p (two of seven values from that issue)
- 1954 Silver Jubilee – Airmail – ½p, 1p and 2p (three of six values from that issue; also sold separately here)
- 1961 Europa Overprints – ½p, 1p, 2p, 3p, 4p, 6p and 9p (full set of seven – available separately here)
- 1962 Anti-Malaria – 1p (one of six values from that issue)
- 1962 Europa – 1p (one of four values from that issue; also sold separately here)
- 1982 Definitives – 10p, 14p, 15p, 16p, 17p, 18p, 19p, 20p, 21p, 22p and 23p (full set of 11 – also sold here)
- 2010 Lundy Wildlife – 35p (one of four values from that issue; also sold separately here).
We expect this to be a popular item, so be sure to secure yours before stocks run out!
Lundy is an island in the Bristol Channel, whose stamps are among the longest-established and most sought-after local issues.
Unlike many labels that bear the name of British offshore islands - such as Eynhallow or Staffa - Lundy's stamps have always performed a genuine local postal function. When the British General Post Office withdrew its services from the island in 1928, the then-owner Martin Coles Harman introduced the first Lundy stamps in 1929 to cover the cost of carrying mail to the mainland.
To avoid confusion, Lundy stamps initially had to be fixed to the reverse of any postal items. From 1962, Lundy stamps were allowed were allowed to be affixed to the address side of postcards - but still well away from the 'official' British stamp - with this policy extended to all mail in 1992. These days, mail from the island only requires a Lundy stamp, which now incorporates the Royal Mail charge.
Since 1969, Lundy has been owned by the National Trust, and financed, administered and maintained by the Landmark Trust, who continue to issue Lundy stamps. Over 350 Lundy stamps have been produced since 1929, and 40,000 items of mail are sent annually. You can read more about the Lundy postal service on the Landmark Trust website.