The Wenlock Jug

‘The Wenlock Jug

The Wenlock Jug.

This bronze jug was almost sold to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art for £750,000[4] but was export-stopped in October 2005 by culture minister, David Lammy, based on a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, run by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

Decorated with coats of arms, including the royal arms used between 1340 and 1405, the jug bears the inscription My Lord Wenlock. It is thought the jug was made for either William Wenlock, who died in 1391 and was canon of St Paul’s CathedralArchdeacon of Rochester and a canon of King’s Chapel, Westminster, or his great-nephew John, the first Lord Wenlock, who was a major figure in the fifteenth century serving every king from Henry V to Edward IV. Both had strong connections with Luton.

“The two Wenlocks associated with the jug, William and his nephew John, both lived in Luton and the family name figures in the medieval guild register in our collection” Maggie Appleton, Luton museum.

It was bought by Luton Museums Service for 300 times its normal annual acquisitions budget to equal the offer of the Metropolitan,[5] thanks to the overwhelming generosity of several key organisations and donations from many individuals. It is a rare example of a jug cast by the English bronze founder and bearing his mark. Virtually unknown until its recent sale, the jug gives scholars the important opportunity to research into Medieval metalworking skills and expertise.

On Monday 14 May 2012 it was reported [1] that the jug had been stolen following a break in at the Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton. It’s current location is unknown.’

+++ Ah ha! but the story doesn’t end there…

The above information is from It tells about the greatest treasure in my home town, The Wenlock Jug, stolen in May this year! Today I heard that it has been recovered and I am so thrilled about that. Here is the link. Be happy with me!


5 thoughts on “The Wenlock Jug

    • So am I Loren. So am I. I thought we’d seen the last of it and it is soooooooooo old and precious. The thief was captured on cctv, taking the jug so I suppose that, bearing that in mind, there was hope of catching him. It took 4 months! not bad really. My town gets a lot of bad press, unnecessarily in my opinion, so having this jug was very important. I’ve seen it a few times. Remember the film Topkapi? well the jug was on a plinth in a glass case, right in the middle of the shop where all the souvenirs are so that it was always in company, so to speak. The case was heavily alarmed and therefore safe, or so we thought. Anyway panic over. The jug knows where it belongs!

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