22 April 1999
Farmer discovers Anglo-Saxon gem

A TWO-INCH cross found by farmer Ronald Wray and kept in a matchbox for the next 30 years has turned out to be a rare Anglo-Saxon burial ornament.

Mr Wray, 86, a widower from Burton Pidsea, near Beverley, East Yorkshire, found the cross as he walked across his farmyard in 1965.

Experts have valued the seventh century item at tens of thousands of pounds, but Mr Wray has yet to decide whether to sell it.

  • The Daily Telegraph 22/04/99 page 11