Court rules historic Lacock Cup can be sold

The Lacock Chalice can be sold for £1.3 million after a Consitory Court ruling

The Lacock Chalice can be sold for £1.3 million after a Consitory Court ruling

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The sale of the Lacock Cup for £1.3million to the British Museum was approved by a Consistory Court this afternoon. 

During a hearing held at St Cyriac’s Church, Rev Justin Gau, Diocese of Bristol, gave permission for the sale of the medieval chalice, which dates back to the 1400s and is insured for £2.2million.

He said: “I am satisfied that the unique and exceptional circumstances of this case are sufficient to justify the sale of the cup.”

The cup has been on loan to the British Museum since 1963 and as part of the verdict a charitable trust will be set up with proceeds from the sale going towards parish building repairs.

The sale was petitioned by John Catchpole of Lacock Parochial Church Council and opposed by resident Geoffrey Fox, which resulted in the court hearing being held.

As part of the ruling a replica cup, worth no more than £5,000, will be made and Mr Fox has 28 days to appeal the verdict.

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2:01am Wed 5 Dec 12

beetawix says...

Sounds like a sensible move to me. The cup/chalice has apparently been a useless luxury since circa 1400 and has been sitting in a distant museum for almost 50 years thereby demonstrating that it is unnecessary. Goodness knows why a £5000 replica is required.
Sounds like a sensible move to me. The cup/chalice has apparently been a useless luxury since circa 1400 and has been sitting in a distant museum for almost 50 years thereby demonstrating that it is unnecessary. Goodness knows why a £5000 replica is required. beetawix
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