The Seffrid Guild was established in 1991 to undertake essential repairs to Cathedral textiles.
The Guild was named after Seffrid II, Bishop of Chichester from 1180 – 1204, who had the task of repairing the Cathedral after the fire of 1187.
Early tasks included the conservation of the Diocesan Cope, which can now be seen in the Cathedral Treasury, and creation of the panel hanging behind the Bishop’s throne, representing the Cathedral arms of Christ in Judgement.
The contemporary work of the Guild continues as the embroidery group for Chichester Cathedral. A variety of techniques are used, mainly canvas work, and completed work can be seen throughout the Cathedral. Recent work includes a set of 36 cushions for the Prebendary stalls in the choir and kneelers for the Lady Chapel and Shrine.
I love to see something that we have worked on gradually become part of the fabric of the Cathedral. This brings with it a sense of timelessness and a feeling of continuity with all those who have added their bit, whether in stone, wood, glass or textile, over the lifetime of the Cathedral.
- Susan Fletcher, Cathedral Volunteer and Leader of the Seffrid Guild
Are you an enthusiastic embroiderer and would enjoy working to a high standard with others, or would like more information about the work of the Guild?