Bassetlaw Museum has recently acquired several gold and silver
objects through the Treasure Act. Two of the star pieces are
symbols of Christian devotion from over 400 years ago.
One item, found in the Tuxford area, is a gold
crucifix, showing Jesus crucified on the cross. It is small but
spectacular. Christ is shown with a crown of thorns, a halo and
even the nails in His hands and feet are visible. Originally the
body was coloured with white enamel. Above Christ’s head is a tiny
enamel plaque with the letters INRI, standing for the Latin title,
“Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.”
Remarkably, there is a second inscription in black enamel on the
reverse of the cross. This translates as “By your cross, save us,
The second artefact, a small silver cross dating from medieval
times, was discovered in South Leverton. It is also inscribed with
a Latin phrase meaning “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”. It
was made to be suspended, perhaps as a necklace, or with prayer
beads on a rosary.
Both objects were purchased for more than £4000 funded entirely
from donations made to the museum.
Museum Curator, Sam Glasswell said, “These are fantastic
additions to the museum’s collection. I am so grateful to everyone
who has put something in the museum’s donation box. Even the
pennies add up and make it possible for us to acquire important and
valuable items like
these when they are offered for sale through the Portable
Deputy leader of the Council and Portfolio holder for Community
Prosperity, Keith Isard, said, “The crosses from South Leverton and
Tuxford now on display in Bassetlaw Museum’s archaeology room are
the latest additions to the invaluable collection used by the staff
to do their work throughout Bassetlaw.
“This includes giving talks to any group that asks, help with
the Young Potential project at the Regal in Worksop and lending
items for display at Worksop’s new library. The Museum is keen to
do more. It’s patch extends from Tuxford to Carlton-in-Lindrick to
Misterton and we are looking for ways to extend its services across
The museum, owned and operated by Bassetlaw District Council, is
on Grove Street in Retford and is open from 10am to 4.30pm Monday
to Saturday. Admission is free.
Last Updated - 16/08/2011