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Lancaster's crosses

The King's Own Royal Regiment took four processional crosses from Maqdala. They are currently on display in The King's Own Regimental Memorial Chapel in Lancaster Priory.

According to the website of Lancaster Priory's King's Own Royal Regiment Memorial Chapel:

"In Abyssinia [now Ethiopia] in 1868 the Regiment recovered four Coptic Crosses from a heap of scrap brass awaiting recycling into guns at an arsenal at Magdala. The crosses probably date from the 4th or 5th century.

The largest of these is used as a processional cross. The only [known] other one used for this purpose is in Westminster Abbey. Two smaller crosses are on display in this Chapel.

Illustrations on the crosses are simple engravings of Gospel stories, including the Nativity, Crucifixion, the Deposition and Resurrection."

The chapel in Lancaster Priory was constructed in 1903 - 1904 in memory of the members of the King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment who lost their lives in the South African (Boer) War 1899 - 1902.

Current location

The King's Own Regimental Memorial Chapel in Lancaster Priory
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468 items
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The British Library
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Duke of Wellington's Regimental Museum Halifax
Dundee University Museum
Edinburgh University Library
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Lancaster Museum & Priory
National Archives of Scotland
The Sch°yen Collection
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