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Fulford Tapestry
 Recording the events of September 1066
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Find out about the battle of Fulford

Explore the tapestry
The iconography
House of Commons
Bayeux History
The Reading copy


The battle of Fulford website


Panel 1 - Scarborough


  Panel 2 - Rampage through Holderness


  Panel 3 - Preparing for battle


Panel 4 -Confrontation


Panel 5 - Outflanking at the ford  


Panel 6 - King Harald enters York

Visiting Fulford

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The Fulford Tapestry photographed early in 2012

News - The Tapestry is now complete and we are working to prepare it for display. See the finished work


In the year 2000, a group began a systematic search for the battlefield of Fulford. Fulford was the site of the first battle of the fateful autumn of 1066 that would spell the end of the Anglo-Saxon rule in England. 

Because we could not be confident that we would find the site, since nothing had been found at Hastings or Stamford bridge, we had to think of a suitable way to commemorate this forgotten battle. 

Identifying the location where a battle fought nearly 1000 years ago would not be easy. The best detective would have trouble proving that any killings happened here as any clues would be long gone. Even thought about ten thousand men, clad in iron arrived and bashed each other with iron weapons for several hours, we know that such ephemeral events leave few long lasting traces. We now know why they are so hard to located because at Fulford for the very first time we have evidence that most of the battle debris was recycled by the victors. Mother nature also helped erase the small clues left..

We decided to preparing a tapestry in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry which would tell of the events taking place in Yorkshire during one momentous week in 1066 when two battles took place that had such a profound effect on the history of England. 

It is not clear why these northern events are not already part of our national consciousness. Perhaps the Fulford Tapestry will help to rectify this omission and increase awareness of this neglected part of our heritage.

We can now be confident that we have located the site and can interpret the course of the battle.

Sadly, the powerful people who we call ‘developers’ have managed to persuade the planners that there is no 'proof'  and that the absence of proof is for them proof of absence. This not only lacks logic but is wrong. It is also insane but I would encourage people to enjoy the unspoilt site of the battle of Fulford before 600+ houses and an access road destroy this piece of our heritage.

Fulford Tapestry might be the only memorial to the first battle of 1066.

Chas Jones

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To view images of the finished tapestry, click on one of the panels - There is no easy way to display a 6m image on the web!

Panel 1 - Scarborough  Panel 2 - Rampage through Holderness  Panel 3 - Preparing for battle Panel 4 -Confrontation Panel 5 - Outflanking at the ford  Panel 6 - King Harald enters York

The panels and the story behind the images

The design story
bulletPanel 1
bulletPanel 2
bulletPanel 3
bulletPanel 4
bulletPanel 5
bulletPanel 6
Design images
bulletPart 1  
bullet Part 2  
bullet Part 3  
bullet Part 4  
bullet Part 5

Explore the design and what the images mean. You can follow the deign from sketches through to the final design.

The design was traced using a special pen, just visible as a light blue mark on the linen

A series of images records the way the progress over the years

Progress    First full progress image 2011

First public display Feb 2012


In October we were permitted to put the finished tapestry on display for the first time. The wonderful committee room overlooked both Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. We were invited to put it on display a few days later in the House of Lords

Fulford Tapestry at Westmninster

Dyeing and stitching

The choice of natural dyes meant that the project had to learn to dye the required threads.

bulletChoosing the colours
bulletDye plant cultivation
bulletDyeing with woad
bulletDyeing different shades



The Research

bulletEarly research
bulletThe Stitches
bulletThe threads
bulletWorking tips and instructions

We were very  lucky indeed to have the help of Jan Messent (left) to advise on the design, and Jill Goodwin who has actually dyed some threads for those restoring  the Bayeux Tapestry. Jill is in her nineties but spins and dyes regularly. The basket is a set of colours she felt were suited to the Fulford Tapestry.


The Bayeux Tapestry

bulletWhy was it made?
bulletWho commissioned the tapestry?
bulletWho was the Designer?
bulletThe content
bulletWhen was it made?
bulletWhere was it made?
bulletWho made it?
bulletThe subsequent history

These are some of the questions that are addressed, but probably not completely answered.

The Reading copy 

There were many useful lesson. But this is a wonderful piece of work that emerged from the arts & craft movement.



Read about the battle that inspired the tapestry

Panel 1 from the coloured design

The author of the content is Charles Jones -

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launched May 2012

last updated Dec 2012

Panel 6 from the original sketch

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