The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE

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Black Death Alrewas from Staffordshire Millennium EmbroideriesAt about the time that King Edward and his knights were jousting their way round the country celebrating the success of their French campaigns, a sinister visitor slipped quietly into England via rat-infested ships. The Black Death spread into Staffordshire in the spring of 1349 and thanks to the descendants of Roger de Sommerville who were still taking great care to record the comings and goings in their manor, we learn that the plague's death toll in Alrewas was May - 60, June - 70, July 50, and that, by the time the disease had run its course 192 people had died. For full effect these figures need to be compared with the normal death rate in the village which was two or three a month. We can assume that all over Staffordshire similar losses were suffered. 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




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