King John Cup returns to King’s Lynn

The King John Cup The King John Cup

David Bale
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
12:50 PM

One of King’s Lynn’s most prized possessions returns to its regular home at the town hall tomorrow.

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Visitors recently voted the King John Cup second favourite of the 277 items on display at the Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia exhibition that attracted over 40,000 visitors at the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts in Norwich.

Believed to date to around 1340 and considered to be one of the most important secular standing cups of the period, it has a long association with King’s Lynn, being first mentioned in the Hall book of King’s Lynn in 1548, where it is listed as the first item in a list of plate delivered to the mayor.

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Council cabinet member, said: “I hope that the latest interest in the King John Cup will renew local interest and pride in our civic treasures and encourage visitors from further afield to come and see what this town has to offer.”

People can see the 15-inch silver gilt cup and explore other civic treasures including the tomorrow.

It is free to view the regalia collection, but there is a small charge to enter the Tales of the Old Gaol House museum.

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