Sad tale at Ravenscar

An exhibition of embroidery, beads and needlework accessories can be seen in Ravenscar from 13-16 September.

Organised by Scarborough Stitchers, it will be at the Ingrid Flute gallery in St Hilda’s Church.

It incorporates a Victorian tale of discovery, charm and sadness. 

One of the stitchers, Jenny Harper, bought an antique wooden needlework box with an attractive marquetry design.

She was intrigued by the label inside the lid. It said Elizabeth Clayburn had been awarded the box as a school prize. 

Jenny decided to see if she could find out more and discovered that Elizabeth was born in 1875. She was one of six children in a working-class weavers family from Bradford.

She never moved from the area and never married, but was bright enough to become a book-keeper for a local firm.

Jenny managed to follow her life until the 1911 census when Elizabeth no longer appeared. Consulting a Bradford newspaper archive, she was shocked to read that Elizabeth drowned in the Leeds and Liverpool canal in 1906.

A fuller story will be told at the exhibition.

The exhibition runs from 10am to 4pm each day.

A £2 admission charge will be made to help with the church’s struggling finances.

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