Fragment of St Cuthbert's coffin withdrawn ahead of UK auction



2015-06-26 11:33:47

A fragment of St Cuthbert's coffin was taken as a souvenir by a 19th century clergyman

A fragment of the coffin of St Cuthbert (634-687), the patron saint of northern England, has been withdrawn from Anderson & Garland’s March 27 auction in Newcastle, UK.

The fragment was believed to have been taken from Durham Cathedral when Canon James Raine opened the coffin in 1827. It was due to be accompanied in the sale by a piece of robe from St Cuthbert’s coffin.

Both were discovered in a 19th century box housed in the collection of Durham Cathedral architect Ian Curry, who died in 2012.

One of the most important saints in medieval England, St Cuthbert's death led to the writing of the renowned Lindisfarne Gospels, with a cult established around his coffin in Durham Cathedral.

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