A bit of Bayeux on Dartmoor

With the Bayeux Tapestry possibly to visit Britain for the first time in 2020, we learn that there is a replica at Reading Museum.

And there is (or was) a fine reproduction of parts of scenes 42 and 43 on the kitchen wall of Old Middle Cator, near Widecombe-in-the-Moor on Dartmoor.

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Bayeux Tapestry scenes 42 and 43 on the kitchen wall at Old Middle Cator, painted by Sylvia Sayer

This was painted in oils, some time in the 1970s, by my good friend the late Sylvia Sayer, who owned at Cator from 1928 until she died in 2000.  She was a fine artist, and did particularly wonderful, meticulous drawings—but her constant work defending Dartmoor meant that she spent far too little time on her artwork.

Cooked, served and eaten
The sections of the Bayeux Tapestry which she reproduced on the kitchen wall were those of meat being cooked, served and eaten:  hic ministraverunt ministri hic fecerun prandium (here the servants have served (the meat), here they have a meal).  Syl strayed slightly from the original, framing her scene with trees.  Her initials are visible at the foot of the right-hand tree.

It is a lovely work and I do hope that her successors at Cator have preserved this unique creation.

You can compare Syl’s painting with the real thing below.

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The real Bayeux Tapestry scene 42. By Image on web site of Ulrich Harsh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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The real Bayeux Tapestry scene 43a. By Image on web site of Ulrich Harsh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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