Historic tapestry is handed to minster.
A BEAUTIFUL tapestry created by a Dewsbury woman 150 years ago has been handed over to Dewsbury Minster to be placed on public display.
It was unveiled at the church by its current owner, retired local journalist Margaret Watson, who came into possession of it 10 years ago.
The tapestry, found in the village of Kirkby Malzeard in North Yorkshire, was the creation of Sarah Ann Imeson, a woman who came to Dewsbury as a young bride in 1855.
She embroidered the tapestry in memory of the children she lost in infancy, and the tapestry is now being regarded as an important part of Dewsbury's social history. Margaret explained that Sarah Ann's children were buried in the churchyard of Dewsbury Parish Church, now known as Dewsbury Minster.
"These little children, like hundreds of others who died in infancy in Dewsbury, were buried in pauper's graves without headstones," said Margaret.
"There is no record, apart from their birth and death certificates that they ever existed.
"But I think this tapestry, created out of a mother's love for her children, will be a legacy for them also.
"Anyone looking at this tapestry will, I am sure, see something just as precious and enduring as any gravestone could ever be."
Research into the family's history was carried out by John Flowers, who found that there were no living descendants.
The tapestry was unveiled at the church when Margaret gave a well-attended talk about the background of what is now being called The Dewsbury Tapestry.
Margaret Watson presents The Dewsbury Tapestry to the Rector of Dewsbury the Rev Canon Kevin Partington (right) at Dewsbury Minster |watched by John Flowers, who carried out some of the family research. Picture by: Mike Clark.