"1066 - A Medieval Mosaic" Exhibition
Thursday 31st May - Friday 1st June
Description:“1066– A Medieval Mosaic” will be exhibited at Wells Cathedral in the South Cloister from Wednesday 16th May 2018 to Wednesday 30th May 2018.
The exhibition will be open daily from 10 am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday and 11am to5pm Sunday.
The Medieval Mosaic is a complete recreation of the Bayeux Tapestry handcraftedfrom 3 million tiny pieces of spring steel. The mosaic, created by Michael A. Linton, is 64m long, weighs 350kg and took 33years to complete. It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest steelmosaic.
Giso, chaplain to Edwardthe Confessor, was Bishop of Wells from 1060 to 1088. He constructed cloistersto the north of Wells Cathedral and communal buildings to the south for thecanons. Giso, the last Saxon bishop, obtained land grants for the upkeep of thechurch from Edward the Confessor and later William the Conqueror. As one ofEdward's favourites there is a strong possibility that he would have beenpresent at the Confessor's funeral. Giso's tomb, located in the north choiraisle, was opened in 1979 and a cross with verses inscribed on it from 'TheMass for the Dead' was found in his tomb.
Also to be found in Wells Cathedral is the tomb of John Harewell, chaplain toEdward the Black Prince. The name Harewell is listed on the Battle Abbey Rolland is one of the men who accompanied William the Conqueror at the Battle ofHastings. His descendant John Harewell, located in the south choir aisle,became Bishop of Wells in 1366.