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Matilda speaks: Tapestry unveils church’s hidden history

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TapestryMatildeMatilda – wife of William the Conqueror – is the ‘narrator’ of a remarkable new tapestry, unveiled in the Pembrokeshire village church of St Jerome’s in Llangwm.

She can be found – and heard – on a new App produced by the Llangwm Heritage Project, now available to download on to your smartphone.

The tapestry hangs in the newly-restored and rededicated church on the village green and tells the story of the area’s connections to Flemish families of mediaeval times.

And last weekend (March 25), it was officially unveiled by the General Representative of the Flemish government in the UK, Nic Van Marliere.

 

Matilda was Flemish herself, and the tapestry tells the story of the De La Roche family, sent by Henry I to subdue the Welsh and who founded the village.

The tapestry was created by local artist Fran Evans, children from local schools and a team of volunteer seamstresses, overseen by Fr Andrew Johnson, vicar of nearby Dale and himself a Master Embroiderer

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It has taken nearly a year to put together and is part of a major heritage and restoration project that has returned the church to its former glory – and unearthed a wealth of new information about local history, including the Flemish connection.

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Find out more on the church website