Tin/Lead pilgrim badge depicting the head of Saint Thomas Becket with a pin at the back. Worn by pilgrims to Canterbury. This one is part of a collection of about 200 badges found in the River Stour in Canterbury in 1987.
St Thomas Becket’s head was represented in Canterbury Cathedral by a life sized bust that contained a relic of his skull. Badges of cast tin/lead with a pin at the back for wearing were made to represent the reliquary head in the Cathedral. Worn by pilgrims to Canterbury they became popular souvenirs.
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