Two Vestment Chests

The Parish chest was the safe of its day. Secured with three metal padlocks, each opened by a different key, held by different people, ensured the safekeeping of the contents.

The long wooden chest with metal rim and three large padlocks is thought to date from the 13th century, while the second large leather studded chest dated 1663 came from Slyfield Manor.

The three locks on the Parish chest prevented any single individual from accessing the contents that probably included vestments and valuable artefacts.

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