At Buckfast Abbey in Devon, finds include a glorious tiara, a teddy bear with an intriguing secret, and a silver platter that is not all that it seems.
The roadshow comes from Buckfast Abbey, a Benedictine monastery on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, celebrating 1,000 years since worship began on this site. The monastery is a modern building, as the original was closed during the reign of Henry VIII. The current abbey church was rebuilt by the monks in the 19th and 20th centuries, and provides an imposing backdrop to a bumper roadshow crowd.
Whilst the experts examine a range of family heirlooms, from a diamond tiara to First World War medals, Fiona Bruce tells the story of the abbey’s long tradition of beekeeping and samples their honey.
Furniture specialist Christopher Payne is amazed by a unique collection of miniature furniture worth thousands of pounds, while Bunny Campione shocks the owner of a rare teddy bear with a sky-high value, and one visitor is thrilled to have held on to a Chinese vase which was destined for the charity shop.