Department 56

Department 56 Dicken's Village Series-
2014 Collection

Victorian England at the time of Charles Dickens was a center or culture for the world, where many traditions we celebrate today took shape.
Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” was one of the single greatest influences in rejuvenating the old Christmas traditions of England. Honor Christmas in your heart and home with this classic collection.
Dovington Chapel New for 2014
Item Sku: 4036507

Dovington Chapel

The second offering in our celebration of the "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Also known as Twelvetide, this refers to the twelve days following December 25th and celebrated in various ways in the Christian church calendar. A man named Frederic Austin set this age old poem to a folk melody in 1909. Remember to watch coming pieces for more representation of this famous song. Coordinates with Item 4036515 Off to the Festivities. Introduced 2014. Uses replacement bulb #99244.
6.5 x 4.5 x 7”
Hampshire Sweeps New for 2014
Item Sku: 4036509

Hampshire Sweeps

Coordinates with item #4036517 “Lucky Day For a Sweep” Introduced 2014. Uses replacement bulb #99244.
4.5 x 4.5 x 7.5”

Hampshire Solicitor New for 2014
Item Sku: 4036508

Hampshire Solicitor

Coordinates with item #4036516 “Minding Village Business” In the UK, professionals in law are typically either considered a barrister or a solicitor. While a barrister deals with the legal issues conducted in the high courts, the solicitor offers services addressed in the county court. One might expect to find this lovely office in a village within the county of Hampshire, about 60 miles southwest of London. Besides local court proceedings, Mr. Jaggers will assist with contracts and land documents. Introduced 2014 Uses replacement bulb #99244.
4.25 x 4.75 x 7”
Punch and Judy Theatre New for 2014
Item Sku: 4036511

Punch & Judy Theatre

Coordinates with item #4036519 “Saturdays With Punch & Judy” Popular since the 1700s, Punch & Judy puppet shows are iconic English entertainment. Punch and Judy headline the cast of characters that include The Crocodile and The Constable. Punch & Judy has its roots in 16th century Italy but was soon popular as a street amusement all over Europe and was a mainstay of Victorian street theatre. In any given show there were somewhere between 8 and 17 characters retelling a series of stories which were always followed by peals of laughter. The adventures of Punch & Judy remain popular in England today. Introduced 2014. Uses replacement bulb #99244.
5.75 x 4.5 x 6.5”

Straw Duck Pub New for 2014
Item Sku: 4036510

Straw Duck Pub

Coordinates with item #4036518 “Making Ready For a Full House” Gas Light Pub Series. Introduced 2014. Uses replacement bulb #99244.
6.5 x 5.25 x 6.25”
Nephew Freds House New for 2014
Item Sku: 4036525

Nephew Fred’s House

A Christmas Carol Series. Introduced 2014 Uses replacement bulb #99244.
4.25 x 4.5 x 8.25”

Off To the Festivities New for 2014
Item Sku: 4036515

Off To the Festivities

Introduced 2014.
2.25 x 1.5 x 2.75”
Lucky Day For a Sweep New for 2014
Item Sku: 4036517

Lucky Day For a Sweep

Coordinates with item #4036509 “Hampshire Sweeps” Introduced 2014.
2 x 1.5 x 2.5”

Minding Village Business New for 2014
Item Sku: 4036516

Minding Village Business

Coordinates with item #4036508 “Hampshire Solicitor” Introduced 2014.
2.5 x 2 x 2.25”
Saturdays With Punch and Judy New for 2014
Item Sku: 4036519

Saturdays With Punch & Judy

Coordinates with item #4036511 “Punch & Judy Theatre” Introduced 2014
2.75 x 2.5 x 4.25”

Making Ready For a Full House New for 2014
Item Sku: 4036518

Making Ready For a Full House

Coordinates with item #4036510 “Straw Duck Pub” Introduced 2014
2.25 x 1.5 x 2.5”
Holiday Adventure New for 2014
Item Sku: 4036522

Holiday Adventure

Introduced 2014.
2.5 x 1.75 x 2.5”

Caroling By Lamplight New for 2014
Item Sku: 4036520

Caroling By Lamplight

Introduced 2014.
3 x 2.5 x 4.75”
Dickens Carriage Ride New for 2014
Item Sku: 4036521

Dicken’s Carriage Ride

Introduced 2014.
6.75 x 2.5 x 4”

Christmas a Humbug, Uncle New for 2014
Item Sku: 4036526

Christmas a Humbug, Uncle

A Christmas Carol Series. Introduced 2014.
2.25 x 1.75x 2.5”
Blindmans Bluff New for 2014
Item Sku: 4036527

Blindman’s Bluff

A Christmas Carol Series. Introduced 2014.
4 x 2.25 x 2.75”
Next Page of Dicken’s Village
In 2009, Department 56 celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Dickens' Village, a Village which began in 1984 as a series of drawings presented to Department 56 by artist Neilan Lund, an established graphic artist from Minnesota. His idea was to publish note cards and paper products with images inspired by the words of Charles Dickens from his immortal classic, "A Christmas Carol." With the growing success of the ceramic Original Snow Village Series of lighted houses and accessories, these drawings inspired another style of lit Village made of porcelain.

This was the birth of the "Shops of Dickens' Village" which later became the Dickens' Village Series, seven small and simple designs representing the core elements of an English town in the 19th Century - the butcher, the baker, the candle shop, blacksmith, inn, green grocer, and the brush and basket shop. In 2010, the final two pieces have been remade as special 25th Anniversary pieces: the Candle Shop and the Green Grocer join Bean and Son Smithy, the Brush and Basket Shop, the Crowntree Inn, the Golden Swan Baker, and the Abel Beesley Butcher, completing the 25th Anniversary remakes of the original Dickens' Village pieces. The Neilan Lund Gallery 25th Anniversary piece pays tribute to Neilan Lund, the original artist whose drawings inspired the Dickens' Village. Other Dickens' novels inspired churches, pubs, and businesses which grew Dickens' Village into one of the most popular and best loved collectible series we know.

We are often drawn to objects reminiscent of a bygone era. During Dickens' lifetime, England was a cultural center for the world, and a place where many of our current holiday traditions were formed. Let the finely-detailed, hand-painted porcelain lighted buildings and accessories of this series inspire your feelings of Christmases past and Christmases yet to come.