The Full Story of the Norman Conquest
Although the Medieval Mosaic is a re-creation of the Bayeux Tapestry, the tapestry only tells part of the story. What happened before the Battle of Hasting? and what happened after? The Medieval Mosaic brings it all together and tells the story of the Battle of Fulford, the Battle of Stamford Bridge, the Battle of Hastings and all the events leading up to the crowning of William the Conqueror on Christmas day, 1066.
This complete re-creation of the Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the Battle of Hastings in 1066, was created in three sections out of 3,000,000 pieces of spring steel. The tiny pieces of steel, which have an area approximately 7 square millimetres, are the off-cuts from a patterning disk used on a very large industrial knitting machine.
This labour of love has taken Michael 33 years to complete. It was started in 1979 and was finally completed in 2012. The mosaic measures 64 metres (210 feet) and weight approximately 350 kilograms (770 lbs.)
Michael Linton was a textile technician by trade and between 1985 and 2016 was in business with his wife Gillian as a knitwear manufacturer. With the help of their son Steven, Michael has produced 2 puzzle books and has a big interest in all aspects of number theory. .. Read More
Rachael is a is a gilder, designer and artist and has held various exhibitions of her artwork throughout New Zealand and the UK. Rachael was educated at Massey University, Wellington, NZ. and holds a Masters in Visual Communication Design.
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In 1999, the Guinness Book of Records recognized “The Giant Jersey” shop in Geraldine, N.Z., as having the world’s largest jersey. The jersey was knitted by Michael and Gillian Linton as a centre piece for their shop. In 2012 The Medieval Mosaic was listed as the world’s longest steel mosaic by the Guinness Book of World Records. The world record is held jointly by Rachael and Michael Linton and was issued in 2012 after the mosaic was extended by 72 ft to a total length of 210 ft by the addition of the Battle of Fulford and the Battle of Stamford Bridge.
1066 the Movie
Video footage of the medieval Mosaic as displayed
in the Crypt Gallery of St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings
Hello from 1066 - A Medieval Mosaic Today we had a couple in who told me about the Battle of Burford [...]View more
Hello from 1066 - Medieval Mosaic In the afternoon a young German couple came into see the mosaic. T [...]View more
Hi from 1066 - Medieval Mosaic It was quite a quiet start to the day but then a big group came in al [...]View more