A recently acquired rare medieval mount has gone on display at Epping Forest District Museum, Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL. The mount was the subject of a Coroners inquest reported in the press in August 2010.
The late-medieval silver-gilt crucifix was discovered in February 2009, by local metal detectorist, Craig Carter while searching in North Weald Bassett.
Under the terms of the Treasure Act (1996), the find was reported to the Essex Finds Liaison Officer, Laura Mclean at Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service, and sent to the British Museum for analysis and independent valuation.
It dates to the late 15th or early 16th Century and an unusual arrangement of metal plates on the back of the cross made experts think that it may have originally been a fastener from a larger object, such as a reliquary or decorative book binding.
Opening times for the Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey are:
Tuesday 12.00 – 5.00pm
Friday 2.00pm – 5.00 pm
Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 2.00pm-5.00pm (May- September only)
Admission is FREE to all.