Bayeux mosaic brings history fans to Melton as exhibition continues

The scene in the mosaic showing King Harold Godwinson being shot in the Eye: Picture: MICHAEL LINTON

The scene in the mosaic showing King Harold Godwinson being shot in the Eye: Picture: MICHAEL LINTON - Credit: Archant

History enthusiasts have only three more weeks to visit the Bayeux Tapestry mosaic at Melton before it leaves Suffolk and heads for its next stop on its tour around Britain.

The mosaic on display. Picture: MICHAEL LINTON

The mosaic on display. Picture: MICHAEL LINTON - Credit: Archant

The astonishing mosaic took New Zealander Michael Linton 33 years to create with help from his daughter Rachel – and is longer than the original tapestry (actually an embroidery) which depicts the events of 1066.

It is on show at Riduna Park in Melton, and is still attracting a steady flow of visitors when it is open to the public between 10am and 4pm from Wednesday to Sunday every week – it is open every day during the half-term break. The mosaic includes 3m pieces of steel – the teeth of patterning discs used in knitting machines.

Michael Linton pictured with his Medieval Mosaic. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Michael Linton pictured with his Medieval Mosaic. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Mr Linton has recreated a section of the tapestry that was lost in the Middle Ages – and created a new section portraying the Battle of Stamford Bridge which happened just before the Battle of Hastings.

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