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Local Embroiderers have just  completed  an incredibly beautiful embroidered banner for our Grade 1 listed Church  to commemorate Curry Mallet’s part in the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. The banner will be dedicated during a special church service on Sunday 14th June.

The banner depicts :-

  • The farming community
  • The church and its ancient bells, the oldest two being made by Joanna Sturdy in the 1400s. The Joanna Sturdy bells are recognized by the diamond shaped lozenge included in the bell-founders’ mark cast into the bell (the lozenge is the heraldic mark of womanhood). As far as is known they have hung in Curry Mallet since their inception – only 10 others now exist.
  • Somerset apples and the tree of life
  • Teasels for a past industry in the village
  • Poppies for those who sacrificed their lives in war, especially the Great War 1914-1918
  • The Duchy of Cornwall and the William Malet coats of arms
  • A scroll for the Magna Carta

Church banner 29052015

Special thanks to the small team who took on this mammoth task which took them 18 months to complete. The team was headed by Elaine Going who was joined by Sue Nicholls and Marilyn Hayward. The banner will be kept permanently in the church so please come along and admire the fantastic workmanship.

This anniversary is of particular significance in the local area because William Malet, Lord of the Manor of Curry Mallet, was one of the 25 rebel barons present at Runnymede in June 1215 to act as a guarantor of the charter. He was the only Baron from the South West of England apart from Henry du Bohun whose main manor was Trowbridge in Wiltshire. Curry Mallet is a very small village and the Magna Carta 800th anniversary will have a tremendous impact leaving an enduring legacy. Historical projects like this are invaluable to local communities, especially rural ones, whose important history often goes unrecorded and unacknowledged.