Saffron Gold by Nicola Slaney
Designer Nicola Slaney
Saffron Walden is a market town in the Uttlesford district of Essex, not far from Maureen and Hugh’s current home. In the 16th and 17th centuries the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) was widely grown, thanks to the town’s favourable soil and climate. The stigmas of the flower were used in medicines, as a condiment, in perfume, as an expensive yellow dye, and as an aphrodisiac. The industry gave Walden its present name. In 2003, Emma Bossons created the popular design Saffron Crocus. The whole of its proceeds flowed into nearby Thaxted Church funds, enabling repair and renovation work to continue. Over the years, Moorcroft has gelled with the community of Thaxted thanks to the efforts of the Edwards family. Today, Nicola Slaney picks up the saffron idea to symbolise this unique relationship. Saffron Gold is a simple but effective design. Purple petals intwine with golden stigmas. Hugh and Maureen have been worth their weight in gold in their community, much like the 70,000 saffron plants that are needed to make 1 pound of saffron!