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Norfolk church to feature on Christmas stamps

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 September 2009 | UPDATED: 13:44 06 July 2010

Stamp fame for Ormesby church

Stamp fame for Ormesby church

Nestled along one of Norfolk's main roads it attracts many an admiring glance from passing motorists.

And now the name of picturesque 13th century church on the A149 at Ormesby St Michael, near Yarmouth, is certain to be on the lips of millions of people this Christmas.

The Ormesby stained glass window

Nestled along one of Norfolk's main roads it attracts many an admiring glance from passing motorists.

And now the name of picturesque 13th century church on the A149 at Ormesby St Michael, near Yarmouth, is certain to be on the lips of millions of people this Christmas.

One of the church's wonderful stained glass windows will be joining the Queen as it is used on envelopes for countless Christmas cards.

The church's Madonna and Child stained glass window is at the centre piece of the Royal Mail's Christmas stamp collection released on November 3.

It has been chosen for the prestigious collection of seven stamps as it perfectly captures this year's theme of nativity scenes based on the Pre-Raphaelite period.

The window was designed in the 19th century by celebrated artist Henry Holiday who designed more than 300 stained glass windows.

From November 3 the stamp featuring Ormesby St Michael Church will be sold first class in both normal and large sizes.

Church warden John Hirst described it as “quite a coup” that the stained glass window on the east of the church, which has a congregation of about 30, had been chosen for national attention.

Mr Hirst said: “We are proud that the church is going to appear on these stamps. It is a lovely stained glass window.”

The Ormesby St Michael stamp is the latest of a long line of stamps featuring Norfolk churches and other scenic sweeps of the county.

Lethersingsett village church starred in a 1972 stamp and two years later the nativity boss of St Helen's Church in Norwich appeared on 4.5p stamp.

In 1994 a painting by Prince Charles of Dersingham appeared on a stamp and in early 2006 an aerial shot of Brancaster was admired by philatelists.

David Wright, from the Norfolk and Norwich Philatelic Society, said: “It is brilliant that a Norfolk church will be featuring in this year's Christmas collection.”

The six other stamps in the nativity collection feature stained pre-Raphaelite themed stained glass windows from churches in Wiltshire, Cumbria, East Sussex and Somerset designed by Mr Holiday, William Morris and Sir Edward Burne-Jones.

Designer Andrew Ross created the Christmas collection after trawling through hundreds of pictures of stained glass windows.

Julietta Edgar, Royal Mail's head of special stamps, said: “We are extremely privileged to have access to such a rich history of beautiful stained glass designs in churches around the UK.

“These precious images of the nativity have a timeless appeal and are a wonderful way of telling the story of Christmas.”

Royal Mail alternates its Christmas collection every year between religious and secular themes.

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