West Mercia police have found the ‘Welsh’ Holy Grail.
True or false?
A wooden chalice known as the Nanteos Cup is said to be the Holy Grail, the cup Jesus used at the Last Supper. Brought to Britain by Joseph of Arimathea after the death of Christ, the cup’s alleged healing powers made it a precious artefact from medieval times onwards.
Experts believe the piece is a simple 14th century domestic object known as a mazer bowl and used for drinking. Today it’s so badly damaged that only half of its original shape is intact.
That didn’t deter thieves from taking it last July. The cup takes its name from its owners the Powell family of the Nanteos Estate just outside Aberystwyth; in recent years it has belonged to Fiona Mirylees of Herefordshire from whose house it was stolen.
The object was handed in to police after a nationwide television appeal on Crimewatch and a £2,ooo reward. Officers believe its theft is linked to a number of precious objects taken from churches across the west of England and Wales.