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The Fulford Tapestry


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Visiting the site


Images of flood on the day of the battle

12 panoramas of the battle site


The Fulford Tapestry

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The Fulford Tapestry has its own website

This is a scaled-down, image of the 5 metre tapestry design

It has been split into 6 sections to make it easier to display on the web.

Design: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5  Part 6

And this is what it looks like after all the nimble fingers have been at work:

The panel shows Harald on the long beach at Scarborough while bands of warriors go into action. King Harald is not dressed for war. He is pointing at what he wants done. After a few weeks of travel it is time to let his lieutenants take their men ashore for some raiding.


Understanding the images

The images within the tapestry are designed to tell a story. They are not just pictures - What you see is supposed to convey a message. The images, gestures and positions are all there to help the narrative.

  • This is exactly the same process used by advertisers and filmmakers -  Advertisers, in particular, are trying to tell a story with a few images.

Since the tapestry is silent, it is necessary to load a lot of meaning onto the figures:

  • how they stand,
  • their gestures and expressions,
  • the way they dress and perhaps even
  • their size and position.

When you watch a silent, black and white movie you see a very different style of acting. Actions are exaggerated. The old movies give you lots of clues so you find the good guy always wears a white hat. These images are icons.


So do not look for realism in the tapestry. You need to interpret the images Perhaps follow the direction of their gaze or look to where a finger or sword is pointing. To add extra dimensions to the story in the tapestry, there are margins running along the top and the bottom of the main panels. These might reinforce the main narrative, provide a context for the story or describe what is going on elsewhere.

Scholars studying the Bayeux Tapestry have identified the source of many of the images. By identifying the inspiration for a large number of the scenes, the experts have demonstrated that the design must have been based in England. They found that many had been copied or developed from manuscripts that were located in Canterbury around the time of the Norman Conquest.


There is a site devoted to saving the battlesite: The site has the story of the process that has allowed the site to be designated an access road to a Green Field, flood-plane housing estate. Visiting Fulford        Map York

And another website for the Fulford Tapestry that tells the story of the September 1066: This tells the story embroidered into the panels.

There is a blog covering these sites where you can leave questions and make comments.

The author of the content is Charles Jones - fulfordthing@gmail.com

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