Bank could be jewel of a buy

Western Daily Press - - News -

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

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