Police raided a small British country pub looking for the missing Nanteos Cup, which some people believe is the legendary 'Holy Grail'.
The search for the legendary Holy Grail led police to... a country pub in rural Britain?
British police raided an English country pub in search of a stolen wooden relic believed by some to be the Holy Grail – a cup from which, according to the Bible, Jesus is said to have drunk at his final meal before crucifixion. From the Middle Ages onwards, the Grail has captivated kings and religious experts for centuries, spawning myriad theories about its location – but an English country pub?
The object of the police search, which was unsuccessful, was a frail wooden bowl known as the Nanteos Cup that has been attributed with healing powers since the 19th century, attracting pilgrims and others who believe it may be the Holy Grail itself.
After receiving a tip-off, a team of eight officers and a police dog arrived on the morning of Aug 3 at the Crown Inn, a village pub in the rural English county of Herefordshire. “They turned the place upside down. They came with fibre optic cameras to look in all the corners and nooks and crannies, and under the floorboards. They were clearly serious about it,” says Di Franklyn, the pub’s landlady.