In 1797 the last ever invasion of mainland Britain took place when a French force landed three miles west of Fishguard in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The fascinating story of this event is told in our embroidered tapestry which was designed and sewn by around 80 local women. It is in a similar format and shape as the Bayeux tapestry and like the Bayeux tapestry is 100 foot long. The tapestry was commissioned as a permanent legacy of the Invasion Bicentenary commemorations in 1997. It took four years to complete and is on permanent exhibition in our purpose built gallery attached to the Library in Fishguard Town Hall.
NEW LIGHTS FOR TAPESTRY
The Last Invasion Tapestry gallery in Fishguard library is to close for a short time in the New Year to allow a new lighting system to be installed. The current lighting system has proved costly and unreliable. The work is being funded by Pembrokeshire County Council and will mean the gallery will be closed for the whole of January and up to 8th February. The closure will also provide an opportunity for the cabinet and glass to be cleaned. January has been chosen to carry out the work as it is traditionally the quietest month for tapestry visitors.