The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE

Fifteenth Century Panel

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medieval Walsall from the Staffordshire Millennium EmbroideriesBy the Middle Ages commerce was well established in Staffordshire along with a network of roads - perhaps rutted tracks is a better description - that gave merchants access to the markets and fairs where their goods could be traded. The plot of land often in front of the church that in the twelfth century had hosted the weekly market was, by the end of this century a designated area where permanent shops and stalls featured as well, along with a town clock and often a market hall.
The wool trade was still providing important revenue to the religious houses with wool from Croxden Abbey fetching excellent prices abroad. Entrepreneurs were growing rich by manufacturing and exporting woolen cloth and there were mills at Burton, Tutbury, Uttoxeter and Himley.

In Walsall though, it was the leather and metal-working industries that made men rich and by the end of the century the town was accepted as the centre for the manufacture of bits, stirrups and spurs and horse harness. 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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