The 14th of October this year marks the 950th anniversary of the last time England was successfully invaded.
You may well be wondering what New Zealand has to do with 1066, and yes we may have gone off on a bit of a tangent. But over the next few months a number of events are taking place to commemorate the most memorable date in English history*. Of all these tributes we believe a touring, world record holding, steel mosaic from New Zealand has to be amongst the most unusual, as well as the most interesting.
The mosaic has travelled to Hastings from one of our favourite shops, the wool shop in Geraldine, Canterbury (which incidentally was also home to the world’s biggest jumper). It depicts the Bayeux Tapestry but is made from more than 3 million pieces of spring steel. It measures 64 metres long, weighs 450kg – roughly the same as a grand piano – and holds the Guinness World Record for being the world’s largest steel mosaic.
The artwork took the father and daughter team of Michael and Rachael Linton 33 years to research and assemble and you can see it at the Crypt Gallery in St Mary in the Castle in Hastings. Along with the original scenes captured in the Bayeux Tapestry, they’ve created an 8 metre “finale” section, detailing the end of the Battle of Hastings to the crowning of William the Conqueror on Christmas Day 1066.
A trip to the Giant Jersey shop in Geraldine was one of our favourite, off the wall, things to do before the shop sadly closed earlier this year. We are just delighted we get the chance to see the mosaic masterpiece here in the UK, for even a limited amount of time.
If you are thinking of going to New Zealand and are interested in history, knitting, archery, wildlife, wine, food, hiking or whatever else please do get in touch. It’s our pleasure to create unique itineraries that suit individual interests, and our in depth knowledge of the country means you will get to enjoy gems like this one on the way.
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(* According to a survey by English Heritage.)