A tapestry detailing some of the most important moments and artefacts in Braintree's history has been created by a team of residents.

Historian Mike Bardell, known for his Bard's Tales column in The Times, came up with the design back in 2016.

He called in artist Liz Paine to help, who created the artwork for a segment to commemorate each of the events, and wife Linda, stitched each of the pieces in silk thread onto cotton over two years.

Amongst the events captured on the tapestry is the Great Plague of 1665 to 1666, during which Braintree lost around 40 per cent of its population.

The artefact also features a Roman coin of Emperor Constantine I.

Mr Bardell said: "It was found at College House, High Street and Gant, a term used only in Braintree for alley - introduced by Flemish weavers in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I."

Saxon Lord Aetheric is pictured, along with the town's water towers.

A dolphin was designed to symbolise William Courtenay, the 14th century Archbishop of Canterbury and adopted by Bocking Parish in 1927.

The crest of The Iron, or Braintree Town Football Club - formed in 1898 as the successor to Crittall Athletic - is part of the tapestry.

Iconic structures like Bocking Windmill, St Michael’s Church and The Braintree Flyer - or railway - also feature.

Father of Natural History John Ray, who was born in Black Notley, is also celebrated as is William Julien Courtauld’s gift of a Town Hall in 1928.