Herefordshire’s Crown Inn was swarming with police officers this week as they overtoppled furniture, peeped under floorboards and used fiber-optic cameras to examine the crannies. All to find the mighty, the divine- Holy Grail.
The Nanteous Cup, a medieval wooden bowl, well, not quite a bowl, as half of it has broken off, is a historic relic that has been held in the Nanteos Mansion in Wales for centuries, ever since it was brought to them by monks in the sixteenth century. Myth has surrounded the relic, and it is believed that it can heal anyone who drinks from it. It is one of those most likely candidates for the Holy Grail.
The celebrated curio was stolen a month ago, and the police raided the Inn after receiving a tip-off that it might be located there.
Unfortunately, their searches proved futile, as pub landlady DI Franklyn says:
“We get a few rogues and scallywags in the pub, but no one who’s quite on the level of stealing a priceless ancient artifact.”