A sampler beautifully worked in 1774 by Ann Wedge (nee Turner) at the age of 14. Ann, my Great, Great, Great Grandmother, married Francis Wedge, Churchwarden of Forton Church in Shropshire, and farmer of Fernhill, Forton. She died at the age of 95 at Forton Gate on the Aqualate Estate.
The sampler has been handed down and treasured through the generations.
I think it is a representation of how young girls were disciplined in the art of needlework and embroidery at that time. Although faded through the years, it is clear to see the meticulous and intricate tiny stitches worked into the design and Ann's expertise at this tender young age. It finishes with the words: -
'Ann Turner Her work in the Year of our Lord : 1774'