Christmas Card Packs
Giclee & Limited Edition Prints
THE VIKINGS ARE COMING - Against the terrible threat of the Danish invasions planned fortified forts and towns were built in the late 9th and early 10th centuries in Wessex and Mercia.
DICK WHITTINGTON - Born in 1357 in Pauntley, Gloucestershire, the Dick Whittington of pantomime fame was a real historical character who became one of the greatest cloth merchants in medieval England.
AETHEFLAED - Aethelflaed (c 870 – 918), Lady of the Mercians, died in Tamworth in 918 but was buried in Gloucester beside her husband, Aethelred (died 911), at the minster they had founded together during his reign in the late ninth century.
3 SHIPS - I Saw Three Ships. Mary and Jesus sail into Bethlehem in a ship resembling the Matthew, which had carried the explorer John Cabot and his crew from Bristol to Newfoundland in 1497.
GLASTONBURY THORN - The Glastonbury Thorn. According to legend, Joseph of Arimathaea came to Glastonbury and struck his staff into Wearyall Hill, whereupon it took root and grew into the celebrated Glastonbury Thorn.
GREEN MAN TREE - Carved into wood and stone The Green Man is a universally recognised image from folk custom and legend.
LORD A LEAPING - "On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me, a partridge in a pear tree.”
GLOUCESTER CATS - Legend tells how on Christmas Eve all the cats in Gloucester could speak of the old year and the year to come.
THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT - A fourteenth century owl and pussycat sail away in medieval style.
WYCHWOODS - Inspired by the Oxfordshire Wychwoods, a king hunts from his hunting lodge in the ancient Wychwood forests.
A SALISBURY CHRISTMAS - Salisbury Cathedral was built between 1220 and 1258. The tower and spire were added a century later during the incumbency of Bishop Wyvil (1330-1375).
NUNS ON THE RUN - In their little boat, steered and protected by angels, St Frideswide and her sisters esacpe the unwelcome attentions of King Algar of Leicester, up the River Thames to Bampton.
MABEL, STROUD TOWN CAT - Mabel sits enthroned beneath Stroud Scarlet drapes and a Farmers’ market awning. Symbols of Gloucestershire's traditions and industrial heritage surround Mabel.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE WASSAIL - This traditional Christmas and New Year carol was recorded earlier this century at various locations in Gloucestershire.
OH APPLE TREE - Two musicians and two morris men fo apple tree wassailing. Wassailing is an ancient custom associated with Christmas and the New Year that dates back at least to the 1400s.
RISE UP SHEPHERD AND FOLLOW - Inspired by the late fifteenth century pictorial rood bosses in Norwich Cathedral, one shepherd plays on his pipe whilst another points heavenwards to the stars.
SEIGE OF THE CASTLE OF LOVE - A subject of gothic art where chain-mailed kinights are seen besieging hte castle defences whilst temas of ladies repulse them from the battlements by throwing flowers.
ST EDMUND, KING & MATRYR - In 869 AD Edmund led an army against Danish invaders and was killed. Edmund was tied to a tree and shot with arrows until he was 'covered in bristles like a hedhehod'. His death became legendary.
ST. FRIDESWIDE - Patron saint of the city and University of Oxford, Frideswide escaped the unwelcome attentions of a royal suitor by hiding in the woods near Bampton for three years. The little face of the sainted lady appears through the leaves of her hiding place.
THE WORTH SCHOOL DECAGON - The ten sides of this decagon represent the ten Benedictine values that prescribe the way of life at Worth and provide direction and inspiration for the school and community.
PARTY TIME 1315 -'Dedication 1315' was an anniversary celebration in 2015 of the visit of Bishop Maidstone to Gloucestershire to consecrate and dedicate some churches. This illustration was just a general one depicting an imaginary procession (with a ‘giant’) that was used in the website.