Bristol Berkeley Plantation Tapestry

Detail from the Bristol Berkeley Plantation Tapestry. Detail from the Bristol Berkeley Plantation Tapestry.

In 2014 it was announced that a new commemorative embroidery had been designed by the Westcountry (UK) artist, Tom Mor (who also designed the Plymouth tapestry and the New World tapestry). The Bristol Berkeley Plantation tapestry is a single panel with various scenes that illustrate the establishment of the Berkeley Hundred Plantation in Virginia, USA.

In 1618 Richard Berkeley and three other adventurers from the Bristol/Berkeley area of southwestern England, and Sir George Yeardley (1587–1627), Governor of Virginia, became part of a venture to set up a new colony near Jamestown in Virginia (USA). A year later (1619), a group of 38 men and women left Bristol aboard a ship called the Margaret. The settlers were known as the 'Adventurers for Virginia'. The plantation prospered and still exists in 2014 as a recognised historical site.

In the eighteenth century its owner was Benjamin Harrison V (1726-1791), who was one of the signatories of the American Declaration of Independence.

Digital source (retrieved 14 May 2016).

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 20 June 2016).


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