The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE

Thirteenth Century Panel

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Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries 13th Century panelAt the time of the Conquest, Staffordshire supported freely roaming hers of pure white cattle, well protected by the harsh forest laws which precluded them, along with the deer and wild boar, from being hunted by the local population. These animals, with black ears and branching horns were probably descended from primitive English aurochs which the Romans had domesticated during their occupation here. It seems that William Ferrers, Earl of Derby (yes, the other witness to King John's will), who had inherited Chartley Castle and estates when his brother-in-law, the Earlof Chester died, drove a herd of these fearsome creatures from Needwood Forest into the great park at Chartley to save them from being hunted to extinction once the forest laws were relaxed. There the herd, about 45 strong in the late nineteenth century, remained until in-breeding and tuberculosis reduced their number to eleven, including a rare black heifer.
At this time the Ferrers parted with their Chartley estate and the remaind of the herd were, fortunately, offered a home by the Duke of Bedford at Woburn where they remained for some years whilst a concerted effort to save them from extinction was mounted. At about the same time that William Ferrers had rounded up his cattle at Chartley, four other herds were also driven into manorial parks throughout the country. The Chillington herd of Northumberland and the Vaynol herd of North Wales still exist as separate breeds but the Chartley, Cadzow and Dynevor herds were so depleted, their survival could only be secured by pooling them to form the White Park breed. 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




From Sylvia's library

  Sylvia's review:
The Staffordshire Hoard by Kevin Leahy and Roger Bland
This delightful little book attempts to date The Hoard and theorises on the how and why it came to be found in a field in Burntwood Staffordshire.
The book is well illustrated in full colour with photos of various pieces of the hoard, some still have the mud of centuries clinging to them.
The skill and craftsmanship of the Anglo-Saxon goldsmiths cannot be doubted(and they call this period the Dark Ages?) and the similarities between the Hoard and the treasure of King Raedwald unearthed at Sutton Hoo in 1939 are striking.
The story of Terry Herbert's exciting find, using a metal detector, is told in the first chapter, the second gives a short outline of the life and times of Anglo-Saxon England plus some thoughts on the how and why of the Hoard.
For those of us who have been fortunate enough to have seen the Hoard this book is a treasured memento and for those of us who have not a spur to make the effort to see it.
One pound of the purchase price is donated to a fund for the conservation of the delicate jewels.
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