The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE

Thirteenth Century Panel

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Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries 13th century panelAs with Croxden, fable surrounds the Cistercian abbey of Dieulacres near Leek. It was founded in 1214 by Ranulph 6th Earl of Chester (he who was a witness to King John's will), reputedly on account of a dream. During King Stephen's reign, the then Earl of Chester - Ranulph's grandfather, had founded an abbey at Poulton in Cheshire which was now being subjected to the unwanted attentions of the Welsh and failing to flurish. Ranulph told his wife that the old Earl had appeared to him in s dtream instruvting him to move the Cistercian monks to a safer, more favourable place. 'Dieu encres' - may God grant it increase - his wife replied and so the new abbey became known as Dieulacres. Notice that the monk in this vignette is dressed in a white robe - Cistercian monks wore white whereas the earlier foundations in Staffordshire were Benedictine and wore black robes. 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
  When I called at Sylvia's house one day shortly after starting the book I found to my dismay the cameo of the badge of Sir William Wastneys, Lord of Colton abandoned on the floor and a new vignette being appliqued on to the panel. I was quite unaware that this was going to happen time and time again! As sylvia worked on the panels, she quite happily snipped out hours of intricate embroidery to include some other idea that had taken her fancy or made a more interesting historical pattern. So, if you have one of the very early postcards, you won't have the Dieulacres abbey.

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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