Seal matrix of Alice de Turberville

This silver seal matrix was found in 2006 at Little Offley in Hertfordshire and disclaimed as Treasure. It reads :SECRETVM.ALICIE:DE:T. The crowned lion rampant left are the arms of the Turberville family and so this belonged to Alice de Turberville. The Turbervilles are said to be descended from Sir Payne de Turbeville, who came with King William in 1066 and are apparently the inspiration for Hardy’s fictional D’Urbervilles.

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