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Discover the stories behind Knutsford’s Millennium Tapestry 

The Knutsford Millennium Tapestry was created between 1997 and 2001 to celebrate Knutsford in the Millennium year.

A 40ft long triptych, this community project depicts all walks of life in Knutsford and is the work of over 3,000 members of the local community. Each road, street and lane of Knutsford can be seen on the tapestry along with over 500 everyday scenes.

It all began when the then Knutsford Town Mayor, Miss Jennifer Holbrook, suggested a Tapestry as a Millennium Project and approached local embroiderer Sue Newhouse with the idea. Sue took the project under her wing and worked tirelessly and with enormous imagination, creativity and vision for the four years that it took to complete. She skilfully guided, taught and inspired the stitchers every inch of the way.

In the autumn of 2011 it was discovered that the Tapestry had been infested with carpet beetle, the larvae of which, commonly known as ‘woolly bear’, were slowly eating away at this masterpiece.  In order to remedy this situation the tapestry had to be taken down, sealed in polythene ‘capsules’, and put into an industrial deep freeze at minus 30for three weeks to ensure all traces of the beetle and its eggs were destroyed. It was then thawed and returned to the Centre.

The old oak frames have been removed from the walls and new, fully sealed frames have replaced them.. The repairs to the tapestry were undertaken by Jacqueline Hyman, a textile conservation expert.

All this remedial work cost in the region of £20,000.  The Knutsford Guardian helped with this through the ‘Stitch in Time’ Appeal and we are very grateful to everyone who contributed to the appeal.

With coverage by the BBC and Granada T.V, the Tapestry has also been acclaimed as ‘a magnificent achievement’ by The Daily Mail and ‘a masterpiece’ by The North West Arts Board.

A truly awe-inspiring sight, the Tapestry is on permanent display in its own custom-built gallery at the Heritage Centre. Open all year round, admission to the Tapestry gallery is free.

Tapestry talks are available as part of our group bookings package.

To view a fully interactive version of the Knutsford Tapestry, please click here (external site).


Tapestry Facts

  • 53 miles of wool
  • 6.5 million stitches
  • 3000 people
  • 52 metres of canvas


  • Tatton MP Martin Bell outside the Longview hotel
  • Local historian Joan Leach taking a guided tour
  • Knutsford May Day Parade
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  • “What a wonderful achievement for all those involved”
  • “So much detail, this is my third visit and I still can’t take it all in!”
  • “A beautiful piece of community artwork”
  • “A testiment to the community spirit of Knutsford”
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Thank you sponsors!

Knutsford Heritage Centre would like to thank everyone who made it possible for us to stage the Crowning Glory exhibition.

Special thanks goes to Knutsford Town Council for its generous donation, exhibition sponsors Clare & Illingworth, Mannings the Chemist, Tatton Estates, those who provided help in kind – Sainsbury’s, Knutsford Bloom, Flora Home Furnishings – and photographers Fred McDowell, Derek Schofield, and Jonathan Farber who supplied photos for the exhibition.

We are also very grateful for the support of the Knutsford Guardian who printed our leaflets and posters free of charge, and Stephen Bridgehouse of Juno Photographic who has taken photos and videos to help promote the exhibition.

Finally we would like to thank Angela and Bob of the Don Giovanni restaurant for providing such lovely food and wine which added the Crowning touch to the event.

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