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Expert describes her miracle medieval music find

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.

Senior archivist explains importance of medieval music

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.

Priceless medieval music found in council clear-up

It's thought the religious sheet music could date back to the 15th Century Credit: ITV News Central/Chris Halpin

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.

The music would have been sung in lent as a Gregorian chant by monks Credit: ITV News Central/Chris Halpin

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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Leicester church and surrounding area closed off

St Mary de Castro church in Leicester has closed its doors and the surrounding area is to be closed off to pedestrians today for up to six months over fears for the safety of the spire.

St Mary De Castro is an iconic part of Leicester's Old Town, and we will work closely with the church to ensure that these important repairs are completed as quickly as possible. Unfortunately the nature of the work does mean that the pedestrian walkway of Castle View, along the church itself, will be closed to visitors for a time. It is vital that the church carries out this work to ensure that this beautiful historic building is made safe so that generations of future visitors can continue to enjoy it.

– Sir Peter Soulsby, City Mayor of Leicester

Leicester church closed and surrounding area to be roped off over spire fears

St Mary de Castro church, Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

The area around St Mary de Castro church in Leicester is to be cordoned off today to pedestrians for up to six months after safety inspections found the church spire to be "in a dangerous state and at risk of collapse".

The church has been running a "Save Our Spire" campaign for the last year.

The poet Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote the Canterbury Tales, is thought to have been married here.

Wills from First World War now available online

The handwritten wills of thousands of soldiers who died during the First World War, which are stored in a secure facility on the outskirts of Birmingham, are being made available to view online.

John Apthorpe, commercial director of Iron Mountain Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Archivists at specialist record management company, Iron Mountain, spent five months indexing and scanning the wills before putting them online.

In total, the facility houses 41 million wills and probate records dating from 1858.

The work undertaken under contract from Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), means families and historians will now be able to view the previously unseen 230,000 wills of British Empire Soldiers on a new website, for the first time.

Some of the wills that are now available to view online Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

About 5% of the wills contain a treasure trove of personal letters penned by the soldiers and intended for loved ones back home but which were never posted.

Instead, those letters have lain alongside the writers' wills in row upon row of sealed archive boxes for 100 years, until now.

Read more: First World War soldiers' wills made available online

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MP joins fight to bring Richard of York home

The MP for Skipton and Ripon is supporting calls for the remains of King Richard III to be returned and re-interred in North Yorkshire.

Julian Smith claims that before his death in 1485 Richard of York said he wanted to be buried at York Minster.

It has been repeated through the centuries that his wish was to be buried in York and, now his remains have been discovered, his wish should be granted.

– Julian Smith MP, Con Skipton and Ripon

Mr Smith continued: “No-one wants another war over this. We should thank Leicester for discovering his remains but they should now be returned to North Yorkshire for the proper burial he deserves in the place he wanted to be remembered.

“I will now be writing to the University of Leicester and Ministry of Justice, who granted the licence for the exhumation, to make this case.”

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