The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE
 

Fourteenth Century Panel

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The Bagots of Blithfield Hall are another landed family in the county of Staffordshire who do not owe their beginnings to William the Conqueror - they can boast that they were here before him. How they managed to hang on when most other Saxon thanes suffered the confiscation of their estates remains an intriguing mystery. Unlike the Okeovers, the Bagots did not keep their heads down and quietly live their lives in rural seclusion. Throughout medieval times there isn;t a century of our Staffordshire histpory when a Bogot or two doesn't crop up mixing and marrying amongst the Norman elite and, as Sylvia's vignette shows, even 'hob-nobbinh' with the King himself.
The legend goes that King Richard II, delighted with the hunting he had enjoyed in Sit John Bagor's park, presented his host with a herd of goats brought back from the Crusades. They were residents at the park until earlier this century. 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

 

 

 

Sylvia's notes

I was aware that Nancy, Lady Bagot was very interested in embroidery and so, when I began on the 14th century panel, I contacted her to authenticate the ancient shield shown in the bottom border. I was invited to take the embroideries to Blithfield Hall and found myself having afternoon tea in the lovely old manor whilst discussing Lady Bagot's colourful ancesters. I knew when I went to the Hall that I intended to include a vignette depicting Sir John Bagot and the story of the 'Bagot Goats' and so, just as I was leaving, I asked whether there was any truth in the ancient bit of folk law about how the goats came to be at Blithfield. Lady Bagot hesitated, smiled and said "Well, its a nice story" and that was as far as she was prepared to be drawn on the legend. So, the best I could do was to show Sir John making his obeisance to Richard II in front of the Hall whilst the King stands with his hand resting casually on the head of one of the goats - draw your own conclusions, that's all I can advise.

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