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Lynn treasure returns home

The King John Cup which is priceless and housed in the regalia room at King's Lynn town hall on the Saturday Market Place ENGANL00120130703101607

The King John Cup which is priceless and housed in the regalia room at King's Lynn town hall on the Saturday Market Place ENGANL00120130703101607

The historical masterpiece, the King John Cup, has returned to Lynn town hall following a starring role in the Masterpieces; Art and East Anglia exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre, at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, where the public voted it as the second most popular out of the 277 items displayed.

Dated around 1340 it is considered one of the most important secular standing cups of the period and its association with Lynn is documented as early as 1548, where it was featured in a list of plates delivered to the mayor.

West Norfolk Council cabinet member Elizabeth Nockolds said that they were delighted to loan the cup to the exhibition, which attracted more than 40,000 visitors.

She said: “We’ve always felt proud of it and our wider heritage, but were particularly pleased to have our beliefs confirmed by the exhibition visitors.”

The cup can be seen, along with other civic treasures including the King John Sword,at the Regalia Rooms in Lynn town hall.

The historically curious can also visit the Tales of the Old Gaol House exhibition where they can experience tales of wealth, murder and witchcraft. The council recently bid for national lottery funding so that they can open the town hall to a wider audience.

The Regalia Rooms and the Old Gaol House exhibition are open Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

For further information about the town hall please visit www.kingslynntownhall.com

 

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