The Tapestry Project

The Stamford Bridge Tapestry will commemorate the Battle of Stamford Bridge (September 25, 1066), when the Saxons defeated the Vikings so comprehensively that almost an entire generation of Viking warriors was wiped out.

If the Saxon troops had not had to fight the Battle of Stamford Bridge, they would almost certainly have been victorious at the Battle of Hastings, less than a month later, and British history would have been very different.

2016 year is the 950th anniversary of the battles of Fulford, Stamford Bridge and Hastings. Stitchers in Fulford have already completed the Fulford Tapestry; the Stamford Bridge Tapestry will complete the story of these three crucial battles of 1066.

Like the Bayeux Tapestry, our tapestry is actually an embroidery, stitched in wool, on linen - a tapestry is woven. It has been designed in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry by Chris Rock, Chairman of the Battle of Stamford Bridge Historical Society, of which the tapestry project is a part.

It is being stitched by a team of volunteers under the direction of Shirley Smith, a professional textile artist and Minster broderer. The intention is for it to become a national heirloom for Britain, in the same way as the Bayeux Tapestry is for France.

Useful Links

  • To see the work so far, please visit our Gallery page (most recent photos) or our Flickr group (all photos).
  • To purchase items bearing images of the tapestry, please visit our Redbubble site.
  • To follow our progress, please see our Facebook page.
  • To contact the tapestry project to book talks and displays, please use our Contact Us form.