Lacock Cup to be sacrificed to pay for church roof

Some parishoners of St Cyriac’s Church in the village of Lacock, Wiltshire, England are upset over the proposed auction of the town's cherished medieval chalice, the Lacock Cup, in order to finance repairs to the building's roof. (photo)

Valued at an estimated UK£2.2million, the silver cup is believed to have been donated to the church by Sir Robert Baynard of Lackham Manor 400 years ago. The British Museum is interested in purchasing the artifact, but angry villagers demanded a hearing.