New Entrance Charge for Invasion Tapestry

The Last Invasion Tapestry which lives at Fishguard Town Hall is now subject to a viewing fee of £3 for anyone over 17 who does not have a valid Pembrokeshire library card.

The 100ft-long tapestry was created to commemorate the French invasion of Britain at Strumble Head in 1797.

A community project, it was designed to celebrate the bicentenary of that event, in 1997, and was designed by Elizabeth Cramp as 37 separate panels that were eventually joined together. Local women of all ages worked together in groups to complete the panels by the autumn of 1996 and the whole tapestry was unveiled on 22 February 1997.

The tapestry has been free to view since then but, we are told, a fee was considered and agreed over two years ago by Pembrokeshire County Council and the Fishguard Invasion Centre Trust, but did not come into force because of covid.

The entry charge will be piloted for one year. It will be reviewed at the end of September 2023 and the funds will go toward running costs of the library where it is housed.

October – March

Monday – Wednesday, 10am – 5pm

Thursday, 10am – 6pm

Friday, 10am – 5pm

Saturday, 10am – 1pm

Fishguard Library, First Floor, Town Hall, Market Square, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, SA65 9HA

01437 776638

We would love to hear from anyone who was involved in the creation of the tapestry. If you or someone you know would be willing to have a chat with us, please call Kitty on 07760 307880 or email


Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says " has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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