Ancient relic, Nanteos Cup, once thought to be the legendary Holy Grail, stolen in burglary at Weston under Penyard, near Ross

Evesham Journal: Ancient relic, Nanteos Cup, once thought to be the legendary Holy Grail, stolen in burglary at Weston under Penyard, near Ross Ancient relic, Nanteos Cup, once thought to be the legendary Holy Grail, stolen in burglary at Weston under Penyard, near Ross

AN ancient relic that was once thought to be the Holy Grail has been stolen from a house in Herefordshire.

In the last few minutes, West Mercia Police has issued a statement saying that a wooden chalice, known as the Nanteos Cup, has been stolen in a bur4glary at Weston under Penyard, near Ross.

The property was broken into between 9.30amon Monday, July 7, and 9.30am yesterday (Monday, July 14). The police name the Nanteos Cup as reported stolen, describing it as a dark wood cup kept in a blue velvet bag.

According to Wikipedia, the Nanteos Cup is a medieval bowl, held for many years at Nanteos Mansion, near Aberystwyth, which legend claimed to be the Holy Grail.

According to tradition, the Holy Grail was brought to Britain from the Holy Land by Joseph of Arimathea, who is said to have founded a religious settlement at Glastonbury. During the Dissolution of the Monasteries, some of the monks fled to Strata Florida Abbey in mid-Wales, bringing the relic with them.

After that abbey closed, the cup ended up in the hands of the Powell family of Nanteos through marriage.

The cup had a reputation for healing and people would drink water from it in the hope of curing their ailments. The Nanteos cup deteriorated greatly over the years and is no longer at the mansion, as it went with the last member of the Powell family when they moved out of Nanteos in the 1950s.

One source says German composer Richard Wagner stayed at Nanteos and was said to have been intrigued by the legend, which eventually inspired him to compose the opera Parsifal. However, although the artistic dilettante George Powell probably met Wagner, there is no record of him visiting Nanteos.

In a 1998 BBC2 documentary, Dr Juliette Wood of the Folklore Society confirmed that the cup was a wych elm mazer or food bowl, probably of mediaeval origin.

Anyone with any information about the burglary is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101, quoting incident number 146s of July 14.

You can also give information, without giving your name, by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or by visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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9:00pm Tue 15 Jul 14

voledog says...

It was probably taken by the Nazis. We can only hope a whip carrying archaeologist wearing a Fedora hat will get it back before it's too late.
It was probably taken by the Nazis. We can only hope a whip carrying archaeologist wearing a Fedora hat will get it back before it's too late. voledog
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9:41am Wed 16 Jul 14

Robot 3021 says...

"You must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest... WITH... A HERRING!"
"You must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest... WITH... A HERRING!" Robot 3021
  • Score: 2

10:10am Wed 16 Jul 14

Maggie Would says...

I was watching a rubbish film the other day, but I was watching it because it had Harrison Ford in. I then realised that I had got mixed up & it was actually Richard Gere, so I stopped watching.
I was watching a rubbish film the other day, but I was watching it because it had Harrison Ford in. I then realised that I had got mixed up & it was actually Richard Gere, so I stopped watching. Maggie Would
  • Score: 2

11:52am Wed 16 Jul 14

CJH says...

Maggie Would wrote:
I was watching a rubbish film the other day, but I was watching it because it had Harrison Ford in. I then realised that I had got mixed up & it was actually Richard Gere, so I stopped watching.
Did you stop taking your tablets Maggie? :-)
[quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: I was watching a rubbish film the other day, but I was watching it because it had Harrison Ford in. I then realised that I had got mixed up & it was actually Richard Gere, so I stopped watching.[/p][/quote]Did you stop taking your tablets Maggie? :-) CJH
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12:46pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Jabbadad says...

I have long had an interest in the history of the Holy Grail, and much prefer the stories relating to the Holy Grail being a line of descent of Jesus. There are several excellent books and the Mysterious Knight Templars being the Heros who get the new borne away from the Horrible Romans who felt threatened by Jesus and any heirs.
There have been many theories crossing Europe to the British Isles where the Knight Templars were still powewrfull, and would protect the lineage.
I am not a religous person but I would dearly wish that there was to be a coming of someone who is rightous and powerfull enough to Rid this world of all the pretenders to religions and make this troubled world a better place to live, since their leaders / holymen haven't been doing a very good job up to now have they?
It is interesting to read that the theft of what amy be the Holy Grail in the paper is from a house in Herefordshire.
Not so far away from there I have visited Eastnor Castle and I am struggling to recall the very interesting inscriptions Coats Of Arms on walls and ceilings (I think) mentioning the Knight Templars, or something similar. Obviously must visit again.
I have long had an interest in the history of the Holy Grail, and much prefer the stories relating to the Holy Grail being a line of descent of Jesus. There are several excellent books and the Mysterious Knight Templars being the Heros who get the new borne away from the Horrible Romans who felt threatened by Jesus and any heirs. There have been many theories crossing Europe to the British Isles where the Knight Templars were still powewrfull, and would protect the lineage. I am not a religous person but I would dearly wish that there was to be a coming of someone who is rightous and powerfull enough to Rid this world of all the pretenders to religions and make this troubled world a better place to live, since their leaders / holymen haven't been doing a very good job up to now have they? It is interesting to read that the theft of what amy be the Holy Grail in the paper is from a house in Herefordshire. Not so far away from there I have visited Eastnor Castle and I am struggling to recall the very interesting inscriptions Coats Of Arms on walls and ceilings (I think) mentioning the Knight Templars, or something similar. Obviously must visit again. Jabbadad
  • Score: -1

1:12pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Andy_R says...

Ni!
Ni! Andy_R
  • Score: 2

1:52pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Maggie Would says...

Jabbadad wrote:
I have long had an interest in the history of the Holy Grail, and much prefer the stories relating to the Holy Grail being a line of descent of Jesus. There are several excellent books and the Mysterious Knight Templars being the Heros who get the new borne away from the Horrible Romans who felt threatened by Jesus and any heirs.
There have been many theories crossing Europe to the British Isles where the Knight Templars were still powewrfull, and would protect the lineage.
I am not a religous person but I would dearly wish that there was to be a coming of someone who is rightous and powerfull enough to Rid this world of all the pretenders to religions and make this troubled world a better place to live, since their leaders / holymen haven't been doing a very good job up to now have they?
It is interesting to read that the theft of what amy be the Holy Grail in the paper is from a house in Herefordshire.
Not so far away from there I have visited Eastnor Castle and I am struggling to recall the very interesting inscriptions Coats Of Arms on walls and ceilings (I think) mentioning the Knight Templars, or something similar. Obviously must visit again.
You should read the Da Vinci Code, Jabbadad. That's about as true as anything ...
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: I have long had an interest in the history of the Holy Grail, and much prefer the stories relating to the Holy Grail being a line of descent of Jesus. There are several excellent books and the Mysterious Knight Templars being the Heros who get the new borne away from the Horrible Romans who felt threatened by Jesus and any heirs. There have been many theories crossing Europe to the British Isles where the Knight Templars were still powewrfull, and would protect the lineage. I am not a religous person but I would dearly wish that there was to be a coming of someone who is rightous and powerfull enough to Rid this world of all the pretenders to religions and make this troubled world a better place to live, since their leaders / holymen haven't been doing a very good job up to now have they? It is interesting to read that the theft of what amy be the Holy Grail in the paper is from a house in Herefordshire. Not so far away from there I have visited Eastnor Castle and I am struggling to recall the very interesting inscriptions Coats Of Arms on walls and ceilings (I think) mentioning the Knight Templars, or something similar. Obviously must visit again.[/p][/quote]You should read the Da Vinci Code, Jabbadad. That's about as true as anything ... Maggie Would
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12:47am Thu 17 Jul 14

voledog says...

Maggie Would wrote:
I was watching a rubbish film the other day, but I was watching it because it had Harrison Ford in. I then realised that I had got mixed up & it was actually Richard Gere, so I stopped watching.
They're quite easy to tell apart...Harrison Ford has very little to do with hamsters.
[quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: I was watching a rubbish film the other day, but I was watching it because it had Harrison Ford in. I then realised that I had got mixed up & it was actually Richard Gere, so I stopped watching.[/p][/quote]They're quite easy to tell apart...Harrison Ford has very little to do with hamsters. voledog
  • Score: 1

11:03am Thu 17 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

Jabbadad wrote:
I have long had an interest in the history of the Holy Grail, and much prefer the stories relating to the Holy Grail being a line of descent of Jesus. There are several excellent books and the Mysterious Knight Templars being the Heros who get the new borne away from the Horrible Romans who felt threatened by Jesus and any heirs.
There have been many theories crossing Europe to the British Isles where the Knight Templars were still powewrfull, and would protect the lineage.
I am not a religous person but I would dearly wish that there was to be a coming of someone who is rightous and powerfull enough to Rid this world of all the pretenders to religions and make this troubled world a better place to live, since their leaders / holymen haven't been doing a very good job up to now have they?
It is interesting to read that the theft of what amy be the Holy Grail in the paper is from a house in Herefordshire.
Not so far away from there I have visited Eastnor Castle and I am struggling to recall the very interesting inscriptions Coats Of Arms on walls and ceilings (I think) mentioning the Knight Templars, or something similar. Obviously must visit again.
the knights Templars were long gone when Eastnor castle was built
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: I have long had an interest in the history of the Holy Grail, and much prefer the stories relating to the Holy Grail being a line of descent of Jesus. There are several excellent books and the Mysterious Knight Templars being the Heros who get the new borne away from the Horrible Romans who felt threatened by Jesus and any heirs. There have been many theories crossing Europe to the British Isles where the Knight Templars were still powewrfull, and would protect the lineage. I am not a religous person but I would dearly wish that there was to be a coming of someone who is rightous and powerfull enough to Rid this world of all the pretenders to religions and make this troubled world a better place to live, since their leaders / holymen haven't been doing a very good job up to now have they? It is interesting to read that the theft of what amy be the Holy Grail in the paper is from a house in Herefordshire. Not so far away from there I have visited Eastnor Castle and I am struggling to recall the very interesting inscriptions Coats Of Arms on walls and ceilings (I think) mentioning the Knight Templars, or something similar. Obviously must visit again.[/p][/quote]the knights Templars were long gone when Eastnor castle was built liketoknow
  • Score: 1

1:03pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Marant says...

yes, unfortunately Eastnor Castle is a folly and not a proper Castle.

Jabbadad, can you recommend any good Knights Templar books?

Despite not being religious (viewing most religions as nothing more than populace control mechanisms, although I have no issue with faith, which I think is different) I do like all the grail legends, including the San Greal (holy grail) / Sang Real (royal blood) variants.
yes, unfortunately Eastnor Castle is a folly and not a proper Castle. Jabbadad, can you recommend any good Knights Templar books? Despite not being religious (viewing most religions as nothing more than populace control mechanisms, although I have no issue with faith, which I think is different) I do like all the grail legends, including the San Greal (holy grail) / Sang Real (royal blood) variants. Marant
  • Score: -1

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