The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE

Thirteenth Century Panel

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Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries 13th Century panel The only information that Sylvia had to go on when it came to re-creating the Lichfield friary was the fact that King Henry III had assigned the friars ten oak trees from each of the hays (animal enclosures) of Alrewas, Bentley and Hopwas in Cannock Forest with which to build their chapel and dwellings. Later he doubled the consignment from Alrewas when the friars informed him that Hopwas Hay did not have suitable timber for their purposes.
Such scant available knowledge gave plenty of room for artistic licence and so we have here Lichfield's Franciscan friary - a house of mobile preachers, a la Sylvia. What we do know is that the friary was a victim of commercial enterprise at the time of Henry VIII's Act of Dissolution when a consortium of local townsmen bought the building for £46 so that they could demolish it and take away the materials for resale. 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

Author's notes

Lichfield Friary Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries
Sylvia could find no etching or description of any kind upon which to base her motif of the Lichfield friary. She felt, however, that it was such an important part of Staffordshire's heritage that it should at all costs be included in the Embroideries. She made a last and desperate phone call to the archivist at Lichfield library explaining her dilema. The archivist explained, as she had done before, that there was really nothing in the archives that would be of any help. "Oh dear," said Sylvia, "It is such a pity, I so want to include the friary". The archivist was silent for a few moments and then said "Well, you know, nobody actually knows what it looked like..... so..... why don't you make up your own design?" And that's what Sylvia did.

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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