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Historical find set to return to town

Andrew Wilson, of Stainforth with Mayor Ros Jones unveil an anglo saxon cross Andrew found at Doncaster Museum. Picture: Andrew Roe

Andrew Wilson, of Stainforth with Mayor Ros Jones unveil an anglo saxon cross Andrew found at Doncaster Museum. Picture: Andrew Roe

A rare historical find, which would have been worn by Anglo Saxon VIPs, is set to go on display at Doncaster Museum.

A silver cross, found in Stainforth by resident Andrew Wilson, has been bought thanks to a grant from the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund.

Match funding has been provided by both the Friends of Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, and the Doncaster Civic Trust.

The pendant, which historians believe could have belonged to a priest, is one of very few ‘Carolingian’ finds in the UK with others being found in other historically-important areas such as York, London and Winchester.

Carolingian means of, or relating to, the dynasty that ruled in western Europe from 750 to 987.

Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, Coun Bob Johnson said: “Doncaster Council’s museum service has worked hard to secure this very important and rare piece of Doncaster’s ancient history which, thanks to the generosity of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the friends and the civic trust, now officially belongs to the people of Doncaster.

“This cross pendant is unique, there being no parallel for it in Britain. In fact there have only been 22 recorded Carolingian metalwork artefacts found in England, most of which have been strap fittings or brooches.”

The cross would have been an expensive item, made using the latest jewellery-making techniques of the time - which involved twisting and soldering the metal.

Its discovery puts the town on the map for Anglo Saxon finds.

 

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