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Carved Turkey

By Philip_H
Turkey first appeared as a Christmas meal in 1527, but have you ever wondered how the turkey, a bird native to the Americas, became the centrepiece of many a festive meal in England?

The popular story is that we owe the introduction of the turkey into England to William Strickland, who lived in East Yorkshire. It is said that Strickland acquired six turkeys by trading with Native Americans while on an early voyage to America in 1526. He brought the birds back and sold them in Bristol market for tuppence each. Strickland is said to have continued in the turkey trade and is reputed to have made so much money that he was able to rebuild the family home at Boynton, near Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

Strickland adopted the turkey as the family crest in 1550. The drawing of his coat-of-arms, held at the College of Arms in London, is thought to be the first depiction of the bird in Europe. The family church, in which many Strickland's are buried, is adorned with images of turkeys in stone, stained-glass and wood, including this probably unique C20 carved lectern.

Merry Christmas,
Philip Grin

Tags: East yorkshire Turkey Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Lectern St Andrews parish church Turkey lectern William Strickland Boynton Strickland carved wood

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
25 Dec 2016 1:51PM
Just been googling Boynton parish church - wonderfully eccentric. Thanks for the pointer!

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pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
25 Dec 2016 2:40PM
Just like Moira, you had me googling for the Strickland Family and for the church, this is all so interesting. Thanks for that.
An excellent image, too, lovely carving, and it looks almost golden.
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
25 Dec 2016 3:21PM
Merry Christmas, Philip, and thanks for the info on turkeys.
25 Dec 2016 3:55PM
Merry Christmas. Interesting history, thank you.
xwang 10 56 8
25 Dec 2016 6:43PM
Interesting information. Thanks.
Merry Christmas to you, Philip.
tonyguitar Plus
7 77 37 Canada
26 Dec 2016 1:00AM
Fun to learn the background history in such a pleasant way. The work is a form of fine art and has a pleasing appeal to it. Looks great! TG
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2016 6:30AM
There is one that escaped the Xmas oven!
Stunning carving... Enjoy the Boxing Day!
Isabel GrinGrin
IreneClarke Plus
4 1.3k 2 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2016 6:56AM
Wonderful carving and write up
2 Jan 2017 4:23AM
A fantastic write up- all new information to me about this tasty bird....the golden carved wood work and beautiful wood grain are gorgeous
thx for sharing the this shot Phil
cheers walt

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