The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE
 
Eleventh Century Panel

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13th century
14th century
15th century
16th century
17th century
18th century
19th century
20th century
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The deer represents the five forests of Staffordshire; Kinver, Brewood, Cannock, Needwood and in the north, New Forest. Two od these, Brewood and New Forest had more or less disappeared by the end of the 11th century as the population began gradually to increase and land was brought under cultivation.

A forest at this time was not just a densely wooded area, it would include open spaces, scrub and barren land too as was, in effect, a tract of country preserved as a royal hunting ground with an important hierachy of foresters paid to maintain it. Richard Chenvin was ibe such forester and he enjoyed a position of wealth and power as Keeper of Cannock Forest where his remit was to increase the forest stock and guard against poaching. Richard;s situation is interesting in that he was rhe sib if a Saxon thane and therefpre one of the very few Saxons who managed to hold on to his position and property after the Conquest.

To Staffordshire folk, the words 'Cannock Forest' sounds clumsy on the tongue as we are used to calling it Cannock Chase. However, in the eleventh century this huge wooded tract was the property of kings - and only kings could own a forest. When the forest was sold to the Bishop of Lichfield in 1290, it became a chase...... 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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