Shoe of Anna Frances Woodcock.
THIS shoe belonged to Anna Frances (1717-1800), wife of Walter Woodcock (1710-1794), and daughter of William Lea (1677-1741), of Halesowen Grange, Shropshire, by Frances, his wife, grand-daughter of Edward Ward, Lord Dudley, and Frances his wife, daughter of Sir William Brereton, Bart.
Mrs Woodcock was consequently great-grand-daughter of Frances, Lady Dudley, and lived in the beginning of the last century. The stuff of which the shoe is composed is fine-spotted silk brocade of a yellowish colour, and ornamented with a pattern of pale blue silk embroidery above the toe.
The shoe was worn with a buckle, has a small heel and round pointed toe.
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