The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE

Fifteenth Century Panel

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St John's Hospital Lichfield from the Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries In 1129 when Roger de Clinton was made Bishop of Lichfield he found the ancient Saxon 'city' to be far short of his requirements and so he rebuilt the cathedral, fortified the close and laid out a new town with defensive ramparts and four access gates (known as barrs), patrolled by soldiers.
By this time St Chad's fame had travelled far and wide and the pilgrims who flocked to pay their homage found that arriving after curfew they were unable to get into the city as the gates were closed. /to remedy this situation the Bishop built a priory outside the Culstubbe Gate where the London road entered his city and here travellers could obtain shelter and sustenance until the next morning. This was the origination of the Hospital of St John Baptist Without the Barrs of the City of Lichfield.
By the time William Smith was consecrated Bishop of Lichfield in 1492 the ramparts and gates had long since fallen into disuse and travellers could wander freely into the city to find accommodation at will, leaving the priory as something of a lost cause. The Bishop therefore, found another use for St Johns - he established a free grammar school there (the first evidence of a school in Lichfield) and also gave homes to 'thirteen honest poor men upon whom the inconveniences of old age and poverty, without any fault of their own, have fallen'. 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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  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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