Frances Hodgson Burnett and The Secret Garden

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These delightful Alderney stamps celebrate the publication of one of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s best-known works, The Secret Garden, and depict illustrations taken from the original novel.

Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was born in Cheetham Hill, Manchester. Her family moved to Tennessee, USA, when she was aged 15. She began her writing career aged 19 to help supplement the family income. Following great success as a novelist, Hodgson Burnett began to travel to England frequently and in the 1890s she lived at Great Maytham Hall in Kent, a home she cherished, which is thought to have inspired The Secret Garden. At Maytham, Burnett created an outdoor study where she wrote each morning in the company of a robin that grew tame - the inspiration for Mary Lennox’s robin in The Secret Garden.

One of the book’s protagonists is ten-year-old Mary Lennox, who evolves from a spoiled creature to a girl who is full of spirit and surrounded by friends. Sent to live with her uncle Mr. Craven in his English manor, Mary is told about a secret garden in the large house before she discovers it herself. With twelve-year-old Dickon, they help Colin, Mr Craven’s disagreeable young son, to recover from bad health while keeping their secret from the adults surrounding them.

Hodgson Burnett’s coming-of-age novel The Secret Garden is widely considered to be her masterpiece. We are delighted to celebrate its success and popularity over 100 years after it was first published in book form.


Date of Issue 1 September 2021
Designer Andrew Robinson
Printer Southern Colour Print
Values 50p, 70p, 73p, £1, £1.15, £1.20
Process Offset Lithography
Stamp Size 40mm deep x 30mm wide
Paper Premium Gummed 110gsm
Sheet 10
Perforation 13.33 x 13.60
Cylinder A

Frances Hodgson Burnett and The Secret Garden