Police raid on village pub in hunt for Holy Grail

A PUB IN Lea, Herefordshire, has been raided by police who accused pub workers of hiding the stolen Nanteos Cup which has been kept in Wales for centuries.

The cup is claimed to be the cup Christ drank from at the Last Supper, and is said to have healing powers.

The salad bowl mistaken for the Nanteos Cup Wales News Service

The salad bowl mistaken for the Nanteos Cup
Photo – Wales News Service

Staff were locked inside the pub during the morning raid whilst the team of twelve police – including a dog handler – searched the 15th century pub for the missing relic, but after an hour the only thing they had found resembling the missing medieval cup was a wooden salad bowl.

Landlady Di Franklin said:

“I was amazed to see so many police – they said they had been given information that this Holy Grail had been shown off by someone here.
“But if somebody had stolen something as priceless as the Holy Grail I don’t think it would be on show in my pub.
“But the police were taking the information very seriously because there were so many of them including a police dog handler.”

She added:

“I have been shown a picture of the missing cup – if it had been here we would have thrown it on the fire because it is not whole any more. The only thing here that looks like it is one of our salad bowl.”

The cup is said to have been brought to Britain by Joseph of Arimathea, the founder of a religious settlement in Glastonbury during the mediaeval period. It then came into the possession of a group of Somerset monks who later fled with the cup to Strata Florida Abbey, near Tregaron in Ceredigion.

For centuries the historic cup was kept at Nanteos Mansion in the village of at Rhydfelin near Aberystwyth, but it was stolen while being cared for by Fiona Mirylees, from Weston-under-Penyard, Herefordshire, whose family once owned the mansion in Wales.

Police said the cup went missing after it had been loaned to a seriously-ill woman due to its healing powers, sometime between July 7th-14th. West Mercia Police officers said the raid was carried out after they “received intelligence” that the stolen cup had been seen in the pub. A spokesman stated that: “We were told it was still there and so executed a search warrant to try and find it.”