Reference number5737
TitlePhotograph of Old Hall Place, St Neots
DescriptionInformation written on back of photograph: "Here in 1747 hidden for over 200 years was found the St Neots chasse. Now in the Victoria and Albert museum. Sold for one million pounds to a Canadian, it was put back to auction as no permission was granted to take it out of England. Then bought by public subscription for the nation. HWG"

The Victoria and Albert Museum's website describes the chasse, or reliquary thus: Reliquary Casket with scenes from the life of St Thomas Becket, copper alloy, champlevé enamel, Limoges, France, ca. 1180-90. The casket's recorded history suggests that it has been in this country since before the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536. It can be traced back to the early 18th century, when it was in the possession of the Wye and Pulleyn families of St Neots, near Peterborough, and it may originally have been made to contain relics of the saint known to have been taken to Peterborough Abbey by its Abbot, Benedict, in 1177. It subsequently passed into the collections of some of the most famous English antiquaries, including Sir John Cotton, William Stukeley, Gustavus Brander and Thomas Astle, before leaving the country after its sale in 1930. It then formed part of the Kofler-Truniger Collection before being purchased in 1979 by the British Rail Pension Fund, and was consigned to sale by auction in London on 4th July this year [1997].
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CreatorNameMr H Goodwin
RepositoryHuntingdonshire Archives

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F/0003Cotton; family; of Madingley Hall and Landwade; Baronets Cotton1423-1871
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