Bank said to have stored Crown Jewels to be sold

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

A bank with a vault said to have been used to store vi­tal doc­u­ments, ban­knotes and even the Crown Jewels dur­ing the Sec­ond World War is to go un­der the ham­mer.

The for­mer NatWest bank on Fore Street in Chard, Som­er­set, boasts a vault big­ger than the three storeys of the build­ing – mea­sur­ing 4,000sq ft.

It has a free­hold guide price of £150,000 to £200,000 and will come up for sale by land and prop­erty auc­tion­eers Clive Em­son on Fe­bru­ary 7.

Auc­tion­eer Gra­ham Bar­ton said: “At first glance this is sim­ply a prime town cen­tre build­ing with the po­ten­tial for a num­ber of flats and a shop or two, with land to the rear hav­ing scope for a new-build res­i­den­tial scheme, plus park­ing and garag­ing.

“How­ever, the near unique twist in the tale comes at the north of the site un­der a huge pro­tec­tive bund where there is a vast un­der­ground vault.

“Lo­cal leg­end has it that the Bank of Eng­land stored vi­tal doc­u­ments, ban­knotes and even the Crown Jewels here dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

“It would cer­tainly help ex­plain the amaz­ing ‘above and below’ ground feat of build­ing and en­gi­neer­ing.”

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