Home to the Holy Grail?

PUBLISHED: 07:45 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:18 24 May 2010

Julius Herrstein pictured outside All Saints Church, Wrington.

Julius Herrstein pictured outside All Saints Church, Wrington.

AN HISTORIAN has suggested the world famous religious relic the Holy Grail could be buried underneath a North Somerset church. The elusive treasure has captured people's imaginations across the globe, particularly since Dan Brown wrote The Da Vinci Code.

AN HISTORIAN has suggested the world famous religious relic the Holy Grail could be buried underneath a North Somerset church.The elusive treasure has captured people's imaginations across the globe, particularly since Dan Brown wrote The Da Vinci Code.Now Julius Herrstein, who lives in Wrington, says the sacred artefact could be hidden in All Saints Church in the village.Mr Herrstein, who is deputy chairman of Glenside Hospital Museum in Bristol, said: "One does not have to be a Sherlock Holmes to work out where the grail is hidden."The last abbot of Glastonbury was Richard Whiting, from Wrington."King Henry VIII offered him a lifelong pension if he gave up all the treasures of the abbey, which were substantial and included important documents like kings' divorce papers."Richard refused, was charged with theft and was hung drawn and quartered on Glastonbury Tor."He would not have sacrificed his life for a few gold trinkets. There must have been something far more valuable and something that would give Henry an enormous boost to his reputation."It must have been believed rightly or wrongly to be the grail."Wrington was searched and the priory destroyed because they thought he had hidden the grail in his own village."Today, All Saints Church has a side alter dedicated to the martyr Richard Whiting with his coat of arms picturing three fish."In the sanctuary hangs a light which many feel could mark the site where the grail is hidden.

More from Weston Mercury

Yesterday, 18:00

A new family show, inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s classic festive tale, The Little Match Girl, is coming to Clevedon’s The Theatre Shop.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:52

A blue plaque commemorating one of Weston’s most famous architects will be dedicated this week.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

Plans to join up a coastal walking and cycling route from Brean to Clevedon have moved a step closer to becoming a reality.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

A handful of students at Worle Community School have launched a club to help anyone who worries about being bullied.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

An innovative piece of equipment which helps people in late stage dementia is available to patients in Weston-super-Mare.

Read more
Weston-super-Mare
Yesterday, 11:03

A ‘casualty’ was rushed to hospital after a crash on a major commuter route yesterday (Saturday).

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

A men’s social group has raised £400 for Weston’s RNLI.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00

An evening of true crime studies awaits a Weston audience.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00

Heritage experts are calling on people to help create a clearer picture of Weston’s history through a new mapping system.

Read more
Saturday, December 8, 2018

A team from Backwell will once again don their Santa suits and jump on their motorbikes to raise cash for a children’s charity.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 7°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists