Commemorating the Norman Conquest

Bayeux Tapestry Stamp

The Bayeux Tapestry or Bayeux Embroidery is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres (230 ft) long and 50 centimetres (20 in) tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings.

The tapestry consists of some fifty scenes with Latin tituli, embroidered on linen with coloured woollen yarns. It is likely that it was commissioned by Bishop Odo, William’s half-brother, and made in England—not Bayeux—in the 1070s.  In 1729 the hanging was rediscovered by scholars at a time when it was being displayed annually in Bayeux Cathedral. The tapestry is now exhibited at the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux in Bayeux, Normandy, France.

This mini sheet issued by Alderney in 2014 depicts the scenes on the final panel of the tapestry.  It is printed on 100% combed cotton with a thread count of 167 x 167 and the stamp on the extreme right depicts the final panel of the tapestry.  The mini sheet measures 19.5 cm x 4.5 cm.

Description of the Bayeux Tapestry courtesy of Wikipedia on the Tapestry (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayeux_Tapestry)

Scanned image courtesy of the stamp’s owner.

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