To commemorate World Book Day and the 150th anniversary of the death of Charlotte Bronte Royal Mail has gone overboard with a set of 6 stamps, a miniature sheet and a prestige book.
As is often the case, Royal Mail has trouble relating the chronology of the designs to the values, and there is no logic to the order of the stamps in the set, apart from having the principle characters on the two most used inland rate stamps.
|2nd class Mr Rochester, master of Thornfield||1st class 'Come to Me' - Jane receives a telepathic plea from Rochester||40p 'In the Comfort of her Bonnet' - Jane arrives at the George Inn and is beset with doubt and fears||Miniature sheet The miniature sheet has all 6
stamps on a background of the title page of the Jane Eyre
Pictured at proof stage: we cannot be sure which of these shows the correct colours
|57p 'La Ligne des Rats' - Adele Rochester recites to Jane||68p 'Refectory' - Jane is subjected to a starvation diet at Lowton School||£1.12 'Inspection' - Rev Brocklehurst, the sadistic head of Lowton School|
The panes are shown here on our first day covers (These covers are
Pane 1: as shown below, contains Machin 2nd class, 39p & 42p stamps with a label showing the marking of the Bronte Museum. The page illustration shows Howarth Parsonage 1860.
Pane 2: This pane is illustrated with a letter written by Charlotte Bronte (now in the British Museum) and has 2 x 2nd class and 2 x 40p England stamps.
The stamps, Miniature Sheet and Prestige Book are all printed by Walsall Security Printers in lithography, except the panes of defintive and country stamps which are printed in gravure.
All images are taken from Royal Mail's Philatelic Bulletin and Postmark Bulletin, and are Copyright 2004/5 by Royal Mail.
We have produced exclusive FDCs for this issue for the set and the
miniature sheet - shown below,
and in sets of 4 prestige book panes - see above.
Norvic FDC with set of 6 stamps and postmark N9424 or N9444 - £7.50
Norvic FDC with miniature sheet and postmark N9421 or N9441 - £7.50
Prestige book on a set of 4 Norvic FDCs with postmarks N9424, L9437, N9420, N9423 (Panes 1-4) - Sold out (see above).
Prestige Book - £9.00
The special postmarks available for use on FDCs are shown here.
| Ref FD505
Philatelic Bureau Official postmark Ferndean Manor
| Ref FD506
Haworth Parsonage official postmark
| Ref N9421
| Ref L9411
Eyre Street Hill, London EC1
| Ref N9420
Charlotte Bronte 1816-1855 York
| Ref N9423
150th Anniversary of Charlotte Bronte 1816-1855 Haworth, Keighley, Yorks.
| Ref N9424
Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth, Keighley, Yorks.
| Ref N9422
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Gateshead
| Ref L9412
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Rochester
| Ref L9414
First Day of Issue Stampex Jane Eyre London N1
| Ref L9410
Chestnut Lane, London N20
|Ref L9409 Literature and Fables, Stories Road, London SE5|| Ref M9418
Eyre Road, Birmingham
| Ref M9419
| Ref N9446
Wuthering Heights Inn, Haworth, Keighley
| Ref N9440
Norton Conyers, Wath, Ripon, N Yorkshire
| Ref N9441
The Parsonage, Haworth, Keighley, W. Yorks
| Ref N9442
Cowan Bridge School, Carnforth, Lancs
| Ref N9443
Tunstall, Carnforth, Lancs
| Ref N9444
Thornton, Bradford, W. Yorks
The Bronte Sisters, Charlotte-Emily-Anne, The Society of Authours, London SW10
Wycoller, Colne, Lancs
This page updated 28 September 2005
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