This limestone panel, dating to Anglo-Saxon times, was discovered in a quarry by stonemason Johnny Beeston. It is dated to around 1,000AD.
It’s importance was only discovered after his death in 2004, and was sold in Sotheby’s for £200,000. Now a Somerset museum has bought it for £150,000.
When Mr Beeston found it, he knew neither its importance nor its value. So what did he originally do with his great, archaeological find?
He used it as a grave marker for his tabby cat.
Eventually it was spotted lying in his garden. I love the detail of the costume, and the features of Peter’s face, even the boxer’s nose. I’m not sure he would have sported a tonsure though.
I think old Johnny must have really thought a lot of that cat.