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Ancient treasure returns to its rightful home

The Jewel which is lavishly made of gold, enamel and rock crystal, will go on display in Taunton having been returned by Oxford University.

It also bears a famous inscription which translates as 'Alfred ordered me to be made'.

Historians have assumed that King Alfred the Great commissioned the Jewel, and that it may have been his gift to the abbey at Athelney which he founded in thanksgiving for his defeat of the Vikings in 878.

The jewel will go on display from Saturday 31st January.

The Alfred Jewel is a unique and compelling object which goes to the heart of West Country history. It left Somerset in 1718 and has never returned, so this is a very special occasion.

– Tom Mayberry, Chief Executive of the South West Heritage Trust


Ancient treasure to go on display in Taunton

It is thought the Alfred Jewel was commissioned by King Alfred the Great Credit: Ashmolean Museum

The Alfred Jewel, one of the most celebrated treasures from Anglo-Saxon England, is returning to Somerset for the first time in nearly 300 years.

The jewel, which dates from the late 9th century, was found near North Petherton church in 1693.

The jewel will be on display in Taunton throughout February

Can you help solve the murder of Thomas Downey?

The body of Thomas Downey was found in Bath on Christmas Eve Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police investigating a murder in Bath on Christmas Eve want to speak to anyone who was in the area on the morning of Wednesday 17 December.

Detectives want to hear from anyone who may have seen two men crossing over from the Esso garage side to the river side.

The body of Thomas Downey was found under a railway arch on the Lower Bristol Road, near Bath railway station.


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