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Mystery Henry VIII drawings unearthed by Edwinstowe heritage experts

Mystery coat of arms found in the Old Magnus Building, which is undergoing restoration to create the UK's first National Civil War Centre.

Mystery coat of arms found in the Old Magnus Building, which is undergoing restoration to create the UK's first National Civil War Centre.

Heritage specialists tasked with restoring a listed building have unearthed a decorative secret that experts says could date back to Tudor times.

Builders from Edwinstowe-based Woodhead Heritage are busy working on the £3.5m scheme on the Magnus Building in Newark, but were stopped in their tracks when they recently found two coats of arms painted on a wall as they removed old wallpaper.

The finds were made in a top-floor room once used as a schoolboy dormitory from the time of Henry VIII.

Bryony Robins, project manager with Newark & Sherwood Council, explained: “We’ve previously found very old graffiti in the dormitory carved in the plaster as long ago as 1608, but we certainly did not expect to find two coats of arms.

“They are both painted red and one is in pretty good condition. We don’t know who or what they represent or how old they are. Perhaps they were painted by one of the schoolboys.

“So if anyone recognises the design we’d be extremely keen to talk with them. We are certainly going to be doing further research.”

A specialist has now been brought in to help conserve both coats of arms.

 

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