The story of The Titchfield Tapestry
ON Tuesday 11th of April 2000 the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mrs Mary Fagan inaugurated the Titchfield Millennium Tapestries.
The work documents the story of the village from as far back as Saxon times which come alive in a series of six beautiful panels.
Using a technique called stump work, three dimensional embroidered figures tell the history of the area. They depict many scenes, from St. Wilfred bringing over Christianity to the Saxons from the Isle of Wight, the rape and pillage of the Normans, the archers that Titchfield was particularly famous for, the Earls of Southampton, to present day with the well-known Titchfield Carnival.
The tapestry work has involved over 40 women and men and become a real community project for even those inexperienced with a needle and thread. "As well as the actual sewing, we've had so much help from other members of the community. From a local carpenter who made the frames for each tapestry panel to a photographer recording all the work, everyone in Titchfield has been so supportive."