Furness Abbey relics go on show in south Cumbria
Published: 19th Apr 2012 06:24:43
Rare treasure found by chance in a grave in south Cumbria is to go on display at Furness Abbey after lying undiscovered for more than 500 years.
A silver-gilt and copper crozier and a jewelled ring were found in 2010 and said to be in a "remarkable condition".
They were discovered in the undisturbed grave of a mystery abbot thought to be one of the heads of the monastery.
Situated in the presbytery, seen as a prestigious position in the church, his grave could date to the 1150s.
Kevin Booth, senior curator at English Heritage, said: "This is a very rare find which underlines the abbey's status as one of the great power bases of the Middle Ages.
"While we don't yet know the identity of the abbot, he was clearly someone important and respected by the monastic community.
"Given that the crozier and ring have been buried for over 500 years, they are in remarkable condition."
The head of the crozier is made of gilded copper and decorated with gilded silver medallions showing the Archangel Michael defeating a dragon.
Experts have been unable to pinpoint the exact date of the grave, but believe it to be anywhere between 1150 and the 1500s.
Founded in 1124 by Stephen, later king of England, the monastery was originally located at Tulketh, near Preston, but the monks moved to Furness in 1127.
The abbey, now looked after by English Heritage, first belonged to the Order of Savigny and then to the Cistercians.
A crozier or crosier is a kind of hooked staff or shepherd's crook carried as a symbol of office by senior religious figures.
At 10:59:07 in SportNorthamptonshire will attempt to bring in Pakistan all-rounder Sohail Tanvir as their first overseas signing of the County Championship season.
At 10:57:48 in ScotlandA council leader has said extending the soon to be reopened Borders railway to Carlisle would be "wonderful news".
At 10:55:23 in Northern IrelandUlster Bank has faced further problems with its computer systems.
At 10:53:16 in EnglandA man has been arrested over the murder of a teenage girl who went missing more than 20 years ago.
At 10:52:36 in EntertainmentFormer Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of indecent assault against a woman, aged over 16, in January 1995.
At 10:52:34 in SportVeteran defender Jamie McAllister says he has no intention of retiring and wants a new deal with League One-bound Yeovil Town.
At 10:48:35 in ScotlandPlans to improve the notorious Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen with a new dual carriageway link are going on show.
At 10:47:22 in HealthHospital admissions for dog bites are three times as high in the most deprived areas of England as in the least, official figures show.
At 10:46:01 in SportThe home ground of Championship club Bolton Wanderers will be renamed in July as part of a new agreement with sportswear manufacturer Macron.
At 10:43:39 in BusinessShares in French engineering company Alstom have jumped after a report that US multinational General Electric is in talks to buy Alstom for $13bn.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Furness Abbey relics go on show in south Cumbria [Online] (Updated 19th Apr 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1423336/Furness-Abbey-relics-go-on-show-in-south-Cumbria [Accessed 24th Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of indecent assault against a woman, aged over 16, in January 1995.
Ulster Bank has faced further problems with its computer systems.
Plans for a new opencast coal mine creating 50 jobs in the south Wales valleys are being recommended for approval by local councillors.
Overall crime in England and Wales fell by 15% in 2013, according to official figures.
Shares in Qualcomm, one of the world's biggest chipmakers, fell 5% in after hours trading as it issued a weaker than expected growth outlook.
A man has been arrested over the murder of a teenage girl who went missing more than 20 years ago.