Wiltshire

£1.3m Lacock church chalice to go on show in Salisbury

Lacock Cup Image copyright British Museum
Image caption The cup was fashioned out of nearly a kilogram of silver bullion in the mid-15th Century

A £1.3m medieval chalice that was sold by a cash-strapped church in Wiltshire is to return to the county.

The "extremely rare" cup, which dates from the 1400s, was sold to the British Museum to help pay for maintenance work at St Cyriac's Church in Lacock.

On permanent display in London, the silver cup will begin a tour of England at the Salisbury Museum on 31 January.

Curator Kim Chittick said it was "honoured" to be the first of five museums to display the rare vessel.

Fashioned out of nearly a kilogram of silver bullion, the drinking cup has been described as "one of the most significant pieces of secular English medieval silver".

Dating from the mid-15th Century, it was originally used for feasting before it was donated to the church in Lacock more than 400 years ago.

"This uniquely English object is closely tied to Wiltshire, and to start the cup's tour in its home county is an exciting opportunity," said Naomi Speakman, curator at the British Museum.

The Lacock Cup will go on public display at the Salisbury Museum from 31 January.

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