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Published on Jun 24, 2015
Following the defeat of the Spanish Armada, Lord Howard of Effingham commissioned some tapestry weavers in Brussels to weave ten large tapestries to commemorate the victory, which hung inside the House of Lords Chamber from the 1650s. However on the night of the 16th October 1834, fire struck. The tapestries that had hung for almost 200 years inside the House of Lords, perished.
When the new Victorian Palace was built, it was decided that the iconic Armada tapestries should be remembered in painting form. However just one painting was completed. It was only in 2007 that the Armada project was bought back to life after a generous donation by Mark Piggott KBE.