The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE

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Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries 13th century panelAs the county pulled itseld together after the Conqueror's merciless sttentions and the population steadily increased, so the scrubland and woods were cleared to make way for crop growing, sheep farming and housing.
With more mouths to feed and more bodies to clothe there was a greater requirement for people to be able to buy and sell and so the lay lords and the clergy clamoured to the King for market charters so that they could attract traders to their villages - and enhance their personal wealth out of the stall rents, taxes and tolls that they could charge.
Leek received a charter as early as 1208. Sone entirely new settlements were created such as Uttoxeter where, in 1252 the Ferrers family laid out over a hundred plots of land for rent and some thirty market stalls. The plots or tenanements attracted freemen to come and live in the town and these people were the very sort that became involved in community affairs and local government.
Henry III during his long reign granted twenty Staffordshirre towns and villages a weekly market and an annual fair. Applications were not automatically sanctioned though because as a general rule a charter would be refused where a market already existed within a six mile radius.
Sylvia shows the increase in husbandry and trading where the farmer and his family, laden down with home grown produce herd their livestock in the direction of a distant market cross. Even the small boy does his share, carrying a piglet. (Sylvia is very proud of this piglet which she created in a tiny space with a minimum of stitches. 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:
A Chronicle of Folk Customs by Brian Day
How do you fancy gurning* on the 24th August? Or how about chasing a cheese down a steep hill in May? This book will tell you where to go, how to get there and much much more.
It is a compendium of "occasions" listed month by month throughout the year. Religious fesivals, folk festivals, mop fairs, well dressing, agricultural festivals you name it - it is here, with a brief description of the goings-on and, in lieu of anything more concrete, a hazarded guess as to why. How about joining in a game of "Keaw Yed" at Westhoughton near Wigan? Any number can play, all you need is a cows head (Keaw Yed) and a Rugby type game follows. Originally, a pie was madefrom the cows head after the game and was enjoyed by all! Yuk!
This is a fascinating book telling of customs and folklore which, in some instances, date back over 1000years or more. Sadly, as told in the book, some of the celebrations have fallen foul of our "elf and safety" rules but,happily, a few still carry on in small out-of-the-way villages, the origins and meaning of the celebrations known only to the inhabitants.
There are some good vintage photographs illustrating some of the traditions, from the style of dress, I would guess they were taken in the 1930s. A delightful plus at the end of the book is several delicious recipes for each month - January Twelfth Cake. April Simnel Cake and Hot Cross Buns, November Soul Cake and St.Clements Tart.
This could be a useful book for planning outings or just to dip in and out of.Useful too, in that should you fancy visiting one of the festivals the book gives you start times, date and road directions.
Go, and enjoy some of Britain's ancient traditions.
*Gurning - putting your head through a horse collar and pulling the ugliest face possible!
  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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