I am delighted to tell you that Philippa Sims from Carrow House Museum in Norwich has charted another of the Museum's lovely samplers for you to download right now. This charming sampler was stitched by Marianne Wenn in 1816. Marianne was born near Wroxham in Norfolk in 1803. I love the two figures on the base of the sampler - Philippa tells me they probably represent the ladies of Trinity Hospital at Castle Rising in west Norfolk. This almshouse for twelve poor elderly ladies was founded by Henry Howard, first Earl of Northampton, in 1614 and it provides sheltered accommodation to this day. The ladies wear their scarlet cloaks on which is displayed the Howard coat of arms and their tall wide-brimmed tudor hats on Sundays and the annual Founder's Day. What is there not to love about this sampler? The price is £10 and the proceeds go to Carrow House Museum Norwich. Click here to see more or buy.
If you would like more details on stitch count and colours, just click here to download a factsheet.