Events

“1066 – A Medieval Mosaic” exhibition

will be held in the North Transept of

The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Albans

from Thursday 7th June 2018 to Monday 27th August 2018.

 

The exhibition will be open daily from

Monday – Friday 9 am – 4.30 pm
Saturday                 9 am – 3.30pm
 Sunday             12.30pm – 5.45 pm
Admission to the Cathedral and the Medieval Mosaic Exhibition is FREE.

Michael A. Linton will be in attendance most days.

The Medieval Mosaic is a complete recreation of the Bayeux Tapestry handcrafted from 3 million tiny pieces of spring steel.
The mosaic, created by Michael A. Linton, is 64m long, weighs 350kg and took 33 years to complete.

 

The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban has one of the longest naves in England and is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain. The building of the Norman Abbey Church,  was started in 1077 and completed in 1089 by the 14th Abbot and first Norman abbot Paul de Caen. Paul of Caen was appointed by his uncle Lanfranc, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Lanfranc became a close friend and ally of William the Conqueror after he negotiated the marriage of William and Matilda in 1059. As William and Matilda were third cousins once removed, a papal dispensation was awarded by Pope Nicholas II for the marriage to take place.

Lanfranc became the supreme representative of King William during his absence from England. Gundulf, the chamberlain to Lanfranc, was one of the distinguished engineering officers who came over with William the Conqueror. In 1077, Gundulf was made Bishop of Rochester.

 

Here Gundulf, chamberlain to Lanfranc, gives instructions to the workers to begin construction of the fort at Hastings.