Officers just find a salad bowl following raid at the Crown Inn

Police raid Lea pub in search of 'Holy Grail'

Police were searching for the Nanteos Cup.

The Crown Inn at Lea.

A salad bowl was the only thing that police found at the Crown Inn. Photo courtesy of Wales News Service.

The police warrant that was issued. Photo courtesy of Wales News Service.

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POLICE raided a village pub near Ross-on-Wye in search of the 'Holy Grail' - only to find a salad bowl.

Officers believed that the Nanteos Cup - stolen from a home in Weston under Penyard last month - was being housed at the Crown Inn at Lea.

The historical relic was once thought to be the Holy Grail and Christ is understood to have drunk from it at the Last Supper.

Police and a dog handler allegedly locked all the staff inside while they searched every inch of the 15th century pub in their hunt for the stolen relic.

But, the only thing they found that looked like the missing cup was a wooden bowl used to serve mixed salad to customers.

The Nanteos Cup – believed to date back to the 1400’s – was taken from Weston-under-Penyard sometime between July 7 and July 15.

Police said that that the dark wooden cup was kept in a blue velvet bag and was not in one piece.

The cup was historically known as being the Holy Grail because it had a reputation for healing.

People would often drink water from the cup in the hope that it would cure their ailments.

In 2004, the Hereford Times reported how the cup had made its way to the county.

Fiona Mirylees, from Ross-on-Wye, lived at Nanteos House near Aberystwyth and would send Holy water from it to people who believed it could cure them.

Fiona’s mother, Betty Mirylees, was left the Nanteos estate, and the cup, by her cousin Margaret Powell in 1952. She sold the house and the estate in 1961 and later moved to Herefordshire.

The cup was reportedly carried over to Britain by Joseph of Arimathea, who is said to have founded a religious settlement in Glastonbury.

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9:55am Fri 8 Aug 14

bobby47 says...

Course, it can't be easy for the Police can it? Finding a Criminal Mastermind, who, by definition is cleverer than them. I mean, how do you think the lads feel knowing they're looking for someone who is a lot cleverer than they are. It can knock your confidence for a starters. You couldn't blame the lads for not leaving the Station and muttering, ' let's not bother. Lets save our energy. We are up against a very intelligent person who has a huge advantage over us'.
They've obviously tried to think like the Mastermind. Even become the Mastermind but it clearly hasn't worked has it. My guess is they sat down and thought, 'right, lets think like him.'. They've pressed their fingers to their temples, gone into deep contemplation and one of the lads has shouted, 'hoorah! I've solved it. This cunning Mastermind has burgled the house, he's acquired the holy grail, run a mile up the road to Lea, staggered into the local pub, the Crown inn, and hid the relic behind the bar'. 'Halleluzah' they cried, 'lets not waste a moment. Lets get down to the pub now before this Mastermind returns and hides the relic in place even closer to the victims home. No time to lose. Glory beckons'.
No, I wouldn't be to critical of the lads. Not at all. And as for it being a Salad Bowl, well who knows? Maybe the Grail did have a duel purpose. Who's to say that our Lord and Saviour, the sweet loving Jesus, didn't knock up a tossed salad and said, 'lads, eat this lovely tossed salad. Eat it in rememberance of me. This is my flesh'.
Quite simply, the lads are doing their best and ill fight any man who says they ain't. The lads are behind this loathsome purloiner of ancient artifacts. Five years and ten thousand miles to be exact!
Course, it can't be easy for the Police can it? Finding a Criminal Mastermind, who, by definition is cleverer than them. I mean, how do you think the lads feel knowing they're looking for someone who is a lot cleverer than they are. It can knock your confidence for a starters. You couldn't blame the lads for not leaving the Station and muttering, ' let's not bother. Lets save our energy. We are up against a very intelligent person who has a huge advantage over us'. They've obviously tried to think like the Mastermind. Even become the Mastermind but it clearly hasn't worked has it. My guess is they sat down and thought, 'right, lets think like him.'. They've pressed their fingers to their temples, gone into deep contemplation and one of the lads has shouted, 'hoorah! I've solved it. This cunning Mastermind has burgled the house, he's acquired the holy grail, run a mile up the road to Lea, staggered into the local pub, the Crown inn, and hid the relic behind the bar'. 'Halleluzah' they cried, 'lets not waste a moment. Lets get down to the pub now before this Mastermind returns and hides the relic in place even closer to the victims home. No time to lose. Glory beckons'. No, I wouldn't be to critical of the lads. Not at all. And as for it being a Salad Bowl, well who knows? Maybe the Grail did have a duel purpose. Who's to say that our Lord and Saviour, the sweet loving Jesus, didn't knock up a tossed salad and said, 'lads, eat this lovely tossed salad. Eat it in rememberance of me. This is my flesh'. Quite simply, the lads are doing their best and ill fight any man who says they ain't. The lads are behind this loathsome purloiner of ancient artifacts. Five years and ten thousand miles to be exact! bobby47
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