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Rare cross to go on display at Doncaster Museum

An anglo saxon cross found by Andrew Wilson, of Stainforth is on display at Doncaster Museum. Picture: Andrew Roe

An anglo saxon cross found by Andrew Wilson, of Stainforth is on display at Doncaster Museum. Picture: Andrew Roe

A beautiful Anglo Saxon cross which was found in Stainforth is to be put on show at Doncaster Museum.

The extremely rare silver cross dates from between 750 and 987 AD.

It would have been an expensive item and used the latest jewellery making techniques of twisting and soldering. The owner was likely to be a prestigious Anglo Saxon VIP from the Carolingian dynasty, which ruled in Western Europe at the time.

It was bought thanks to a grant from the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and match funding from both the Friends of Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery and the Doncaster Civic Trust.

Coun Bob Johnson, cabinet member for culture, said: “Doncaster Council’s museum service has worked hard to secure this very important and rare piece of Doncaster’s ancient history which thanks to the generosity of the V&A, the Friends and the Civic Trust now officially belongs to the people of Doncaster.

“It will shortly be placed on permanent display, in the By River and Road Gallery with a number of other key Anglo Saxon items and I am sure it will attract lots of visitors and help showcase our town’s impressive heritage. This cross pendant is unique, there being no parallel for it in Britain. In fact during the life of the Portable Antiquities Scheme there have only been 22 recorded Carolingian metalwork artefacts found in England, most of which have been strap fittings or brooches.”

 

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