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The Weardale Museum
& High House Chapel

Ireshopeburn, Co. Durham, DL13 1HD

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The Tapestry

Weardale’s History in Tapestry

“A work of such imagination and skill”

About the Weardale Tapestry

Five panels, each 36x27 inches, depict the different periods in the developing history of Weardale; from the formation of our mineral veins; the use by Romans and Normans of our valley as a hunting forest; the largest lead-mining area in the country; to the coming of the railway and through to present day activities.  It features not only the great and the good but also the lives, activities and events of ordinary people, in over 150 separate scenes.

A booklet accompanying the Tapestry and developing its themes is available from the Museum.

Friends in Stitches’ is a group of six Weardale residents who love embroidery and relish a challenge.

In 2003 they were asked to make a tapestry to celebrate the culture and heritage of the dale.

After two years, researching the history, sketching the illustrations and preparing the fabric, the first stitch was sewn in July 2005, with the final stitch on 28th February 2009.

“As you visit the Weardale Museum and see the Weardale Tapestry we hope you will experience some of the pleasure we had in creating it.”

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