The painted cloths at Tudor Merchant's House

A stylised view of late 1500s Tenby

The new painted cloths in the house aren’t copied from originals. They're intended to show the kind of images the merchant might have displayed on his walls in around 1500.

At that time, painted or ‘stained’ cloths were a popular substitute for tapestries. Ours show two important events from Tenby’s history and were devised by Anthony Barton of York and Dr Charles Kightly, and painted by Anthony Barton in 2012.

The first, "A Carrack at Sea", depicts the escape of Jasper Tudor and his nephew Henry from Tenby in 1471.

The painting is of a carrack, a Tudor sailing ship, modelled on a Tenby ship wrecked off Cornwall in 1480. Jasper and Henry had to escape to Brittany when things went against them in the Wars of the Roses. Henry went on to become King Henry Vll.

The second cloth, to the right, shows the town as it was in 1457 when Jasper Tudor rebuilt the walls.