A REPLICA of a silver seal belonging to a Chipping Campden man has been presented to the Campden and District Historical and Archaeological Society (CADHAS).

The group received the duplicated seal of Richard Weoley, one of four copies made, from the City of London Livery Company in February.

It was presented by the Founders’ Company, of which Mr Weoley became Master during the reign of King Charles, alongside a book on his story.

The seal was originally discovered by metal detectorist Neil Barlow from Evesham in 2004 near Honeybourne.

Being silver, it was reported through the treasure process and identified as the crest of the Weoley family and belonging to Richard, who was born in Chipping Campden in 1584.

He moved to London and became the Master of the Worshipful Company of Founders in 1631 and 1640.

Even to this day each year the retiring Master drinks to his newly elected successor at the swearing in ceremony from a 15th century Venetian painted glass goblet gifted by Mr Weoley in 1644.

The seal can be viewed by appointment at Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle.