Anyone who has been dipping into my blog posts for a while will know that I do like a little bit of history, especially history on my doorstep. On Thursday I accompanied a friend on a walk around a local village called Odiham*. She had heard of a recently unveiled embroidery and thought it would interest me. We alighted from the bus and walked past All Saints Parish Church to the old Bridewell building that now houses the library.
Amongst all the historic buildings in Odiham there are the ruins of castle built by King John between 1207-1214. It was from this castle in May 1225 that King John rode to Runnymede on the River Thames to sign the Magna Carta*. To commemorate this national 800th anniversary the Odiham Society commissioned an embroidery to depict the signing of the Magna Carta and many significant local events up to modern times. The Odiham Embroidery* was designed by a local woman, Mary Turner, and stitched by a large number of local volunteers. The quality is outstanding and the design provides a fascinating history lesson as well as capturing the rural setting of the village.
After enjoying the details of the Odiham Embroidery we continued our walk before heading to the main street in search of a pot of tea and a spot of lunch.
On the way back to the bus stop we had time to look inside the Church.
I can’t help getting excited about history when it really so visible around us and I love that so many old buildings are still very much in use today.
I have spent a bit of time at my sewing machine too, I promise I’ll get back on subject soon! And there’s been an exciting development in my quest to sell some of my quilts… And we’ve had the fun of three family birthdays to celebrate in the space of nine days… And days out… And the building work here is progressing…