Local historians identify and track down early 16th-century mantelpiece
|The 1527 carved oak chimneypiece |
Image from the Peter Miller collection
Introduction to an exciting piece of historical detective work
In 1930, a carved oak Tudor chimneypiece that originated in More Hall, North Mymms, the Hertfordshire home of the father of Sir Thomas More almost 500 years ago, was sold to a buyer in Birkenhead.
It’s believed the item once stood above a small stone altar in a room where Sir Thomas, who was canonised in 1935 as Saint Thomas More, the patron saint of lawyers, would pray.