The origins of the ancient village of Sunbury-on-Thames can be traced back to AD 962 when King Eadgar's Charter granted land to his kinsman AElfheh. The village is situated 3 miles from Hampton Court on the Middlesex bank of the River Thames.
The Sunbury Millennium Embroidery, designed by John Stamp from an idea by David Brown, is a permanent commemorative record celebrating this ancient riverside village and its community in the year 2000.
The Embroidery which was completed during 2000, consists of the main Village Panel, eight supporting side-panels (each representing various aspects of village life) and over 120 tent stitched emblems of Sunbury organizations.
The embroidery work, overseen by chief embroiderer Pam Judd involved over 140 local embroiderers of varying skill levels and ages from across the community. The final work is the result of over one hundred thousand hours of careful and dedicated effort.
In June 2001, Her Majesty The Queen visited Sunbury’s Walled Garden to view the embroidery and meet with the many people who created it. In November 2002 the work was exhibited at the Palace of Westminster.
The Embroidery is on permanent dispay in The Sunbury Gallery which is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm, admission is free.