Corporation mace of Stratford-upon-Avon

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The iconoclasm of the Reformation destroyed objects, furnishings, stained glass and wall paintings with the result that very few medieval church artefacts and decorations survive. Some objects were protected because they had been placed in tombs; some were hidden and came to light later; some, like the Stratford-upon-Avon mace, were altered and re-used in a new context. The Lacock Cup is an example of the opposite process: it is a secular feasting cup re-used as a sacred chalice for serving communion wine in the Protestant church.

Parts of a wooden crucifix


These were probably hidden during the Reformation.

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Silver gilt chalice


The object survived by being placed in a tomb.

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Silver paten


Pre-Reformation paten (communion plate) used with a post-Reformation chalice.

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A salt


Made with pieces of re-used church silver and precious stones.

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Silver-gilt tazza


Part of a set of domestic drinking vessels presented to Rochester Cathedral to replace silver melted down during the Reformation.

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The Lacock cup


A secular cup turned into a communion chalice after the Reformation.

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Corporation mace of Stratford-upon-Avon