State Collection of Artefacts
As we look towards the future of the New Weddington Isles, we do not forget the past from which we came. It is for that reason we have, enshrined in Article 7 of our Constitution, a commitment to procure any historic artefacts from the Manor of Old Weddington and its Castle which was demolished back in 1928 (see www.weddingtoncastle.co.uk for more information - this website is considered a Virtual Territory of the New Weddington Isles).
These artefacts - along with modern items - will be preserved and added to, to form a State Collection to be used for ceremonial and educational purposes as seen fit by the Lord of the Manor. Our current collection consists of the following (scroll down for photo gallery and more details):
1) an original horseshoe from the Castle Stables of around 200 years old, excavated by a Weddington resident and gifted to Lordship Watitune and the collections.
2) an original antique map dating from the mid-1800s detailing both the old Manor of Weddington and its Castle and Estate buildings
3) A unique specially-commissioned 2021 New Weddington Marble Chess Set
4) a large terracotta Heraldic Lion from the Castle grounds, dating from the 1800s. It was first bought when Weddington Castle contents were auctioned on 6th July 1928; Mr Joseph Henry Knight of 228 Weddington Road bought 2 lion statues for 5/- each (25p). In mid-1943, Joseph Henry Knight died, and some of his possessions and items were auctioned from his house; a local miner Mr Norman Coles (of Shawe Avenue) bought one of the lions for similar money (12p-25p modern day money). He kept this until he died His daughter Rosemary Coles of Weddington, UK inherited it some years ago, and she kindly donated it to the State Artefacts Collection in 2011 for restoration and safe keeping.
5) two geological samples from the original village of Watitune/Weddington - a petrified hearthstone and a burnt timber piece. Both of these come from an original village dwelling from the time when the village was declared a "Deserted Medieval Village" and burnt to the ground following the Black Death of 1348
6) the Lordship Chain of Office, for wearing on ceremonial occasions and formal lapel pin - both bearing the New Weddington Isles crest
7) a specially designed sterling silver ring of State for wearing by His Lordship. This also forms part of the New Weddington Silver Reserve
8) an original visiting card (carte de visite) of Mr Henry Cunliffe Shawe from the 1870s using the albumin print technique. Mr Shawe was one of the last Castle owners and Lords of the Manor in the original Weddington estate before the title lapsed. Each photograph was the size of a visiting card, and such photograph cards were commonly traded among friends and visitors in the 1860/70s. Albums for the collection and display of cards became a common fixture in Victorian parlours. (6.5x10.5cm)
9) A specially commissioned portrait of current Lordship Watitune, John Brookes, Lord of the Manor of the New Weddington Isles painted in 2019 by artist John Hyatt, Professor in Contemporary Art at Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Art and Design (www.johnhyatt.co.uk)
10) an Iceni Boudica silver coin cAD61. The Iceni were a tribe who resisted Roman occupation at the time and were lead by Boudica, Queen of the Iceni (d. 60-61AD). She had strong links of activity in Warwickshire (where the former Manor of Weddington lay) and was eventually defeated by the Romans at mighty battle in a nearby field.
11) a King John penny, minted 1205-1216. King John is relevant to the Old Weddington area as historic records show the Castle there was built on the site of one of King John's Royal Hunting Lodges
12) The Lordship's Official Medals of Office (Medal of Office, Lord Knight of Watitune Medal, Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, UK Defence Medal (Lord Watitune's grandfather's, awarded during World War 2, worn on right side)
13) The Lordship's Ceremonial Attire
14) New Weddington Isles Gift of wooden Pen and Letter opener in wood case, bearing the Isles' Crest in sustainable cherry wood
15) Honorific Title Documents (Principality of Sealand, and the Principality of Lorenzburg)
16) Library gift from Prince FREJ VON FRÄÄHSEN ZU LORENZBURG of the Principality of Lorenzburg; "Act Like a Prince: A Timeless Guide to Royal Manners" (available to buy online at: https://tinyurl.com/cehaerku ), along with a perfumed selection of 'mouches' (Royal beauty spots) from the Parfumerie Princiere de Lorenzburg
17) Library item by Alan F Cook, old Weddington historian. Novel set in Weddington entitled, "The Sword, the Snake and the Curse at Pyreway Field: Weddington Palaeotrans-gressors". Available on Amazon.
18) Library item by Alan F Cook, old Weddington historian. Novel set in Weddington entitled, "The 12th Face of Ruth's Destiny: The Armageddon Nexus". Available on Amazon.
19) A selection of original postcards and photographs of old Weddington village and the Castle from the archives of New Weddington.
20) Antique Mango-wood State Treasury Chest
21) "The Road to Weddington" - Journal of The Nuneaton History Society
We will continue to add to this collection as further artefacts come to light or are created.