A stitch in time

Object number

LDVAL 2006.3.2




Coloured postcard showing a detail of the tapestry produced through the LBBD Arts Services ?Stitch in Time? project which took place in March-May 2002. Shows the burning of Old Barking Library, and Barking Abbey and its' Abbesses. The project was initiated as part of the kick stArt Arts Month 2002. 140 local people worked with textile artist Linda Merriman to produce the piece, which now hangs on permanent display at Eastbury Manor House, Barking.

Physical description

Coloured postcard showing Old Barking Library on fire on the right and depictions of the Curfew Tower and nuns from Barking Abbey on the left, below a textile representation of George Carey as Archbishop of Canterbury.






Whole length: 210mm
width: 148mm

Collection type



Inscription Printed On back: A Stitch in Time Detail: Old Barking Library, Ripple Road, Barking, shown in flames during the 1960’s. To it’s left is Barking Abbey. The image depicts the visit by the Bishop of Aldhelm, who presented the Abbess Hidilitha with Treaties on Virginity in the early 700s AD. This document dictates how the nuns should behave and how to better themselves. An original drawing of this transaction is in the Lambeth Palace Library, the only image of the Barking Abbey Nuns. Throughout March, April and May 2002, over 140 people worked with textile artist Linda Merriman to produce this modern day wall hanging for the Borough, the piece is on permanent display at Eastbury Manor House. Measuring 3.3m high by 3m wide, the textile displays a range of techniques including batik, rag rugging, knitting, metal work, appliqué and “black work” to illustrate different aspects of the Borough, past and present in the form of a ?map? with featured landmarks and event in their respective locations in the borough. Among its features are the Millennium Centre, Ford Motor Company, historic windmills, Ripple Road Library, which was destroyed by fire in the 1960’s Barking Abbey and the Becontree Estate as well as Self-portraits and depictions of the hobbies and interests of the children who took part. A stitch in Time was a London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Arts Service project, initiated As part of the kick start Arts Month in 2002. For more information about the arts in the borough, Contact the Arts Development Officer on 020 8270 4816 or email catherine.miller@lbbd.gov.uk With thanks to all the participants and staff at Eastbury Manor House, Porter’s Avenue Resource Centre, Heathlands Day Centre, St. George’s Day Centre, Thomas Arnold School, Henry Green School, All Saints R.C. Secondary School and Technical College.

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1634 (2006-01-17)

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InstitutionValence House Museum
Collection typeEphemera