The complex embroidery, designed by Odiham-based artist Mary Turner, depicts
800 years of local history from the time of Magna Carta and reflects the
history of England as it was played out in our parish. It features King John
and the barons setting off for Windsor and Runnymede, visits by both Queen
Elizabeth I and II, the meeting in Odiham that led to the founding of the
veterinary profession in Britain, French prisoners of war held on parole at
Odiham and North Warnborough during the Napoleonic war, and the great
heavyweight boxing match between Mendoza and Humphreys in 1788 – among many
other scenes. Eleanor de Montfort, King John’s daughter, is also shown,
along with her husband Simon de Montfort who returned to join her at Odiham
Castle following the first Parliament with elected representatives in 1265.
The panel has been divided into individual parts that have been worked on
separately by around 70 volunteer stitchers. Once completed, all the parts
were stitched onto the main canvas to complete the design. Considerable
research and planning has gone into the project. It has being stitched in
traditional materials and techniques that have been recommended by the Royal
School of Needlework at Hampton Court and the National Needlework Archive in
Newbury. The embroidery will be framed in time to be unveiled in May 2015.
The framed Odiham Embroidery will be hung in Odiham’s Library at the
Bridewell and unveiled at a private ceremony on 16th May by Lady Portal,
High Sherriff of Hampshire followed by a reception for stitchers and those
directly involved with the embroidery.
The Odiham Embroidery will be open to the public from the 18th May.
An Embroidery Brochure will also be on sale and will explain the history of
During the Magna Carta Festival weekend , the Library in the Bridewell,
which is near Mayhill Junior School, The Bury, Odiham, will be open
• 22nd and 23rd May from 9.30 am - 5 pm.
• 24th and 25th May form 10 am - 5 pm.
Come along and see our beautiful embroidery and also visit the Flower
Festival in the adjacent All Saints Church.
After the Magna Carta Festival weekend we shall be taking bookings in
advance for private groups who would like to view the embroidery outside the
usual library hours (see below). For more information and to book, please
contact us at the following address:
Monday Tuesday and Thursday 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday Friday and Saturday 9.30am - 12.30pm
Sunday - closed