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The events of 1066 in Yorkshire told in stitches

As part of the Local Heritage Initiative funded, the plan is to create some panels in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry. This will provide a preface to the events depicted in this unique embroidery.

The available evidence suggests that it was made in the south of England about 1072. The workforce were probably ‘nuns’ although this would have included many noble women widowed by the events depicted.

  • Chapter 1
    • Working tips and instructions  
  • Chapter 2  
    • The Stitches
  • Chapter 3
    • The story behind the images Panel 1 Panel 2 Panel 3 Panel 4 Panel 5 Panel 6
  • Chapter 4
    • The history Why was it made? Who commissioned the tapestry? Who was the Designer? The content When was it made? Where was it made? Who made it? The subsequent history
  • Chapter 5
    • Spinning
  • Chapter 6
    • Natural dyes
  • Chapter 7
    • Fact and figures Vital statistics The text from the Bayeux Tapestry
  • Chapter 8
    • The Reading copy of the Bayeux Tapestry Some comments and lessons A short history
  • Chapter 9
    • Design brief for those assembling the images on computer

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This book has been written to help the wonderful team who are undertaking the embroidery to understand the context in which the original Tapestry was made. Our aim is to produce the five metres of embroidery that could sit alongside the Tapestry in Bayeux.
Our preface covers some of the events taking place in Yorkshire during the momentous months of the autumn 1066 that so profoundly affected the history of England. It is not clear why these northern events are not already part of our national consciousness. Perhaps the preface will help to rectify this omission and increase awareness of this neglected part of our heritage.
Identifying the location where a battle was fought 939 years ago is not easy. Forensic science would have trouble proving that any killings happened here so long ago. Early on Wednesday 20 September 1066, about ten thousand men clad in iron arrived and bashed each other with iron weapons. Such ephemeral events leave few traces as most material has been recycled by man and nature.
Since 1999 a team of volunteers has been working to identify the site of battle of Fulford. We can now be confident that we have located the site and can interpret the course of the battle although absolute proof is likely to remain elusive.
Sadly, the powerful people who we call ‘developers’ can insist on a level of proof that is unachievable. Absence of proof is for them proof of absence. I would encourage people to enjoy the unspoilt site of the battle of Fulford before 700 houses and an access road destroy this forgotten part of our heritage.




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