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Project launch
 Recording the events of September 1066
raven sketch

Find out about the battle of Fulford



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

Map York

This was the original web page for the tapestry

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 Bayeux Tapestry does not cover any of the events of 1066 that took place north of London. This project attempts to rectify this situation and tell some of the events that took place in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire has already made a significant contributed to the Bayeux tapestry. The lost section at the end of the Tapestry rotted during the 800 years it was forgotten in storage. This was re-created by a local embroiderer, Jan Messent, working with Madeira, a specialist supplier of wool and thread.



Barley Hall and YAT have kindly agreed to host this project.  This restored medieval building is open to the public and the work-in-progress could be watched by visitors.


The working arrangements and timings have yet to be decided.

The work started in October 2005. No deadline for completion has been set and work could continue as long as there are willing fingers to work. This can be assessed one the design and the volunteer workforce is in place.

There is evidence that a small team would work on the embroidery at the same time and that the panels were worked on separately before being joined and most joints covered in more embroidery. The frame will be large enough to accommodate about 4 embroiderers.

The Design

You can look at a black & white image of the 5 metre tapestry split into sections.

Design  Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5

Coloured-in design: Panel 1 panel 2 panel 3 panel 4 panel 5 panel 6


Read about the battle that inspired the tapestry

Panel 1 from the coloured design

The author of the content is Charles Jones -

Supported with lottery funding from:


launched May 2012

last updated Dec 2012

Panel 6 from the original sketch

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