Bank could be jewel of a buy
A BANK with a huge vault said to have stored the Crown Jewels during World War Two is up for sale.
The former NatWest in Chard in Somerset was apparently used by the Bank of England to protect royal gems from German bombers during the Blitz.
The bank is also said to have stored vital documents and banknotes.
The three-storey building has a freehold guide of £150,000 to £200,000 and is going up for auc- tion on February 7.
Auctioneer Graham Barton said: “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.”
The auction takes place at the St Mellion International Resort in Cornwall on February 7.
The former NatWest in Chard - and its vault - which may have held some incredibly valuable property