madder plant

Stitchers poem
 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


My needle pulls blue wool

sewing rough seas the Vikings rode,

sailing with dreams of conquest.

Their ships with dragon heads and

fearsome shields along the sides.


My needle pulls orange wool

sewing flames that burnt Scarborough town

and the sun shining down, then I thread

grey for the stinking smoke, chain mail,

helmets and weapons deadly blades.


My needle pulls green wool

sewing the grassy banks of the beck.

Harald Hardrada brought his army to York,

armoured and speared, arrowed and axed

they came to vanquish and kill. 


My needle pulls brown wool

sewing the prancing horses, the leather belts

and the homespun tunics of the English men

fighting to keep their lands from

Norsemenís murderous plundering.


My needle pulls yellow wool

sewing golden Viking hair and the thatch

of the roofs, the standing corn and turning

leaves of that September day when

Earl Morcar made his stand by the beck.


My needle pulls red wool

sewing the blood that

flowed into the beck,

making it the foul ford.


Mary Ann Dearlove

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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