Hollowell parish church features in Royal Mail Christmas stamp collection

The Church of St James in the Northamptonshire village of Hollowell will be part of Christmas for millions of people this year, as one of their stained-glass windows is featuring as part of Royal Mail’s Christmas stamp collection for 2020.

Six stained-glass Nativity scenes from churches around England have been chosen for the special collection, covering a range of eras, styles and techniques, and showcasing the extraordinary detail and craftmanship of this highly-specialised decorative art.

Reverend Allison Twigg, Associate Priest for The Uplands Group of Parishes (including St James’) said: “I am thrilled that the Nativity window from our little church here in Hollowell has been selected to be a part of Royal Mail’s Christmas stamp collection. It is indeed an honour and will bring much-needed joy to our village community in 2020. I look forward to seeing the window from Hollowell, which is featured on the stamp that costs £1.45.”

The Church of St James was built in 1841 in the gothic style, and is known for its beautiful stained-glass windows in the eastern apse of the chancel, and its rose window above the west door.

As well as St James, stained-glass windows from the following churches are also included in the set:

  • All Saints’, Otley, West Yorkshire
  • Christ Church, Coalville, Leicestershire
  • St Andrew’s, East Lexham, Norfolk
  • St Andrew’s, Coln Rogers, Gloucestershire
  • St Columba’s, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire

The stamps went on sale on Tuesday 3rd November. They are available at www.royalmail.com/christmas2020, by phone on 03457 641 641 and in 7,000 Post Offices across the UK. In addition, around 1,000 retailers are stocking Christmas stamp booklets this year (lockdown permitting).

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