May 21, 2013, 7:10 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- In 1912, workmen in London discovered buried beneath a cellar in Cheapside one of the greatest collections of Tudor gold and jewellery ever found. Known as the Cheapside Hoard, this beautiful pile of priceless jewels and gemstones will go on display in its entirety from October 11 th at the Museum of London for the first time in more than a century.
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The Cheapside Hoard exhibition uses new research and state-of-the-art technology to showcase the wealth of insights the Hoard offers on Elizabethan and Jacobean London as a centre of craftsmanship and conspicuous consumption at the crossroads of the Old and New Worlds. It will also explore the mysteries that remain, lost among the cataclysmic events of the mid-17th century: who owned the Hoard, when and why was it hidden, and why was it never reclaimed?
The hoard was discovered by builders who, according to one witness, ‘discovered a heavy mass of clay found a building in Cheapside. It was like an iron football, and they said there was a lot more of it. Sticking in the clay were bright gleams of gold. When they had gone, we went up to the bathroom and turned the water on to the clay. Out fell pearl earrings and pendants and all kinds of crumpled jewellery. That was how the famous hoard of Tudor jewellery, the Cheapside Hoard, was discovered.' The workmen who uncovered the hoard were said to have been paid a hundred pounds each, after which they disappeared and weren't seen at work for months.
As well as the Cheapside Horde, the Museum of London covers the whole story of London from prehistory to the present day with particularly strong artefacts covering Roman London, the Middle Ages, Victorian London and the Suffragettes. It is found in Barbican, just a short stroll from some of London's historic Roman-founded City of London, which is dominated by St Paul's Cathedral but also contains numerous other small galleries and museums as well as a wide selection of pubs and restaurants, many of which are located in some of the oldest buildings in London.
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