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Father Raphael is a monk at Belmont Abbey just outside Hereford. When shown the medieval music found hidden in the County's archives, he explained that although it's been lost the melody and words have not.
An ancient manuscript dating back to a time before Henry the eighth dissolved the monasteries has been discovered.
It was found by council staff in Hereford who were sorting through thousands of boxes as they prepared to move to a new building. Chris Halpin reports
A priceless piece of parchment dating back to the 14th century has been found during a major clear-up of a council archive.
The sheet of medieval music was found by archivists in Hereford as the county's record office prepares to move to a new building.
Eleona Harris is the shocked member of staff who found the document.
Here she explains to ITV News Central reporter Chris Halpin how she thinks it came to be hidden in the archives, and her theories on where it originally came from.
Rhys Griffith is a senior archivist at Hereford County Record Office, where a rare piece of medieval music has been found during a clear up of the archives.
The find came as a complete shock to staff as it was being used as a protective covering for other later documents.
Mr Griffith says it's a priceless piece of evidence giving a glimpse of Hereford's medieval history.
An extremely rare medieval parchment has been uncovered by staff at Herefordshire County Council during a clean up of the local authority's archive.
The sheet of music could date back to the 1400s and staff at the archive had no idea it was there.
Music like it was destroyed by Henry VIII when he dissolved the Catholic church but this somehow survived and was hidden in the archive as it had not been catalogued as anything of worth.
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An extremely rare medieval parchment has been found by staff at Herefordshire County Council during a clean up of the authority's archive.