Derbyshire has its very own version of the Bayeux Tapestry to commemorate the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
Residents in the parish of Brailsford and Ednaston worked together to create the impressive embroidery, which measures 10.85 metres.
The project was organised by Brailsford and Ednaston Churches Together.
Planning committee member Lucy Thompson had the idea of creating the commemorative embroidery, drawing on the history of All Saints Church in Brailsford and village resident Laura Burrill, a community arts practitioner, was commissioned to design the embroidery and facilitate workshops throughout March.
Working together with residents, Laura created a design depicting an imagined scenario of the coronation day, with villagers parading from community buildings to the King and his royal party.
The section depicting the Coronation is flanked by hundreds of small squares embroidered with motifs inspired by the things villagers love about the place they live.
The connection between Brailsford and Ednaston goes back to the Domesday Book where Brailsford was awarded ‘a priest and half a church’ and Ednaston ‘half a church’ resulting in All Saints Church, situated between the two villages.
The Brailsford Bayeux was unveiled at a special service in All Saints Church on Saturday, 29 April attended by Elizabeth Fothergill CBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, the Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Derby and Revd Andy Fyall, Nottingham and Derby Methodist District Chair.
The tapestry will be on display over the Coronation weekend.
After the Coronation celebrations, it is hoped that the tapestry will be on display in various places locally throughout the year.
Some interesting facts about the Brailsford Bayeux:
- 406 small squares (4x the original goal) were completed by individuals and groups in the community. Each square shares memories, love, and gratitude.
- A team of 26 worked the main panel in just seven weeks.
- 292 members of the community were involved, the youngest being 2 and the eldest 94.
- The tapestry went from idea to finished result in less than 16 weeks.