The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE
 
Eleventh Century Panel

Index
12th century
13th century
14th century
15th century
16th century
17th century
18th century
19th century
20th century
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With the coming of Christianity came the first monasteries but these were plundered and destroyed by the Danes who had been making a thorough nuisance of themselves around the coasts of England with their marauding pagan ways since the eighth century. They eventually breached Staffordshire in 874 and ransacked the religious houses forcing their inhabitants to flee.

Asthese establishments provided some basic form of care for the sick, alms for the very poor and shelter for the traveller, their wanton deestruction would have caused widespread distress and a step backwards in social development.

However a monastic revival begand in the area in 1002 with the founding of a Benedictine Abbey at Burton-on-Trent. The Abbey's benefactor was an immensely wealthy Saxon, Wulfric Spot, who helped the foundation to support itself by bestowing several of his own mannors including Burton, Whiston and Okeover. The monks farmed their endowment as efficiently as the methods of the day would allow and cleared trees to provide grazing for sheep. They also discovered that the special quality of Burton well water produced a most wholesome beer which prominent local families were pleased to purchase in bulk, thus providing the monks with an added income..... now read on

The above extract is from the book written by Dianne Mannering about the history of Staffordshire woven into Sylvia Everitt's embroideries. Click here to find out more about the book or to buy a signed copy

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