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York's answer to the Bayeux Tapestry unveiled at Westminster
Mary Ann Dearlove, one of the team of embroiderers, putting the finishing touches to the tapestry at York’s Merchant Adventurers’ Hall in December last yea
YORK’S answer to the Bayeux Tapestry – a 5.7 metre long tapestry recording the 1066 Battle of Fulford – has been unveiled to MPs at Westminster.
The tapestry, which has taken a team of York embroiderers six years to complete, is in the style of the famous depiction in Bayeux, France, of the better-known Battle of Hastings of a few weeks later.
York’s version tells the story of the Norse invasion of 1066, from landing at Scarborough through to the entry of King Harald Hardrada into York after their victory at Fulford.
Archaeologist Chas Jones, who designed it as part of a Lottery-funded project to discover the site of the Fulford battle, said history seemed to have forgotten what happened in Yorkshire in the autumn of 1066.
“We believe that tapestries were displayed in halls on feast days to remind people of the deeds of previous generations and that is what we want this tapestry to do,” he said.
York Outer MP Julian Sturdy arranged for it to be displayed in London’s Portcullis House, where MPs’ offices are based, but a mobile stand is also being created so it can be transported and seen by as many people as possible.