National Civil War Centre

Charles' Chalice Goes On Display

24 May 2022

A chalice that once touched the lips of King Charles I has gone on display at the National Civil War Centre in Newark. Loaned by St Mary Magdalene Church, the stunning silver cup is reputed to have been used by the King while taking communion on his frequent visits to the town.

The silver Chalice of Albion

Made in London in 1624, just two years before Charles’ coronation, the Chalice of Albion is of the finest quality silver. It’s adorned with the maker’s initials RP and engraved as the gift of Richard Jackson and Robert Beck.

The remarkable object has kindly been loaned by The Parochial Church Council of St. Mary with St. Leonard, Newark, Notts. It has been on limited display in the church at a few events over the years but will now be available for the public to view for a full year at the National Civil War Centre.

Glyn Hughes, Collections and Exhibitions Manager at the Centre, said: “I am exceptionally grateful to everyone at the Parochial Church Council and St Mary Magdalene Church, especially Andrew Fearn, for the loan of this incredibly important and beautiful chalice. It’s a stunning piece which really demands attention, drawing the eye even when surrounded by other impressive objects, and is sure to enhance our displays.

“It’s fantastic to have the support of the Church and great to work in partnership with them. I’m really looking forward to what the future holds for our continued work together and, for now, would really encourage local people to come and enjoy this incredible piece of Newark’s history”.

The chalice has now been installed as part of the museum’s The World Turned Upside Down Exhibition which exposes the causes and consequences of the Civil War with a focus on how individual lives were affected.

The National Civil War Centre is open from Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and admission is currently half price for Newark and Sherwood residents.