Monday 6 August 2018

Historic coffin plate donated to Emmaus reunited with churchyard

coffin plate Emmaus Norfolk Waveney

An historic coffin plate stolen from a church in Cornwall nearly two years ago has been donated to homelessness charity Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney and reunited with its original churchyard in Cornwall.

The plate is from the coffin belonging to Bishop Jonathan Trelawny, the man behind Cornwall’s unofficial anthem, The Song of the Western Men. It was taken from Pelynt Church, Cornwall, in September 2016, where it had been on display for over 200 years. 

Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney received the plate along with other donations. The plate was discovered by a shopper from Cornwall at the Emmaus second-hand shop in Ditchingham and purchased for £5.

“We receive interesting, and sometimes unusual, donations from the public on a regular basis. We are extremely grateful to our customer for noticing the significance of the coffin plate, but most importantly, for taking it back to its rightful home after all this time.”

Cecile Roberts, Director at Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney

Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney provides a home for as long as needed and meaningful work for up to 23 companions who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion, offering them an alternative route out of homelessness within a supportive environment. Emmaus companions gain valuable skills through working in the charity’s two second-hand shops at Belsey Bridge Road, Ditchingham and on Market Place in Bungay, collecting furniture, van driving, and serving customers. The charity relies on the generous donations of the public to support its community in order to continue helping Emmaus companions to rebuild their lives.

To learn more about Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney, visit