The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE

Fourteenth Century Panel

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18th century
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Giffard Chillington Hall from Staffordshire Millennium EmbroideriesOn the other hand, the Giffards of Chillington Hall are a family who do, most certainly, owe their stake in England to William the Conqueror. According to the current owner of Chillington Hall, John Giffard, his distant forebear Walter de Giffard crossed the Channel with Duke William of Normandy as one of his two standard bearers (hence three stirrups on the Giffard coat of arms - the extra one is for the standard). Giffard legend also asserts that it was an arrow from Walter's bow which killed Harold, a fact confirmed, they say, by an inscription on the Bayeaux Tapestry. Well, to quote Lady Bagot 'it's a nice story' and if I were a Giffard I am sure I would believe it - but I can't find anything written down anywhere that confirms this account of Walter's prowess as an archer, so I am hiding behind Sylvia's advice and asking you to 'draw your own conclusions'. 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




The original motif replaced by the Giffard coat of arms



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