Here for sale is a fantastic oak box with a brass plaque to the front with 'Bengeo Church'. We believe the trunk to originate from The Church of Saint Leonard in Benge, Hertfordshire. The Grade one listed church dates fro 1120and is the oldest building in Hertford. St Leonards was stripped of its fittings and stood empty and unused for many years until it was renovated and restored between 1884 and 1894.

It also has a plaque on the inside with "J. Turner, Silversmith and Jeweller, 58 and 59 New Bond St, London. John and Charles Turner were Jewellers and Goldsmiths from the early 19th Century up to around 1870. In 1841 they were listed as Goldsmiths to the Queen. We assume that the box was commissioned by J. Turner to hold the silver of the church. Beautiful rare item full of history. Some wear to the lower part of the front. 


Shows signs of wear and tear as it is old and has been used, but only adds to its character. Great decorative item which would look fantastic in any home or business interior.

We are a family company and love sourcing unusual pieces which bring a burst of individual style to the most modern of interiors, creating interiors with soul!

Dimensions are approximate

41 cm width, 29 cm depth, 38 cm height

Terms of sale

Please look at photos closely as they form part of the auction details.

Buyer pays postage on all returns and should be tracked with full insurance.


If it is a collect in person please arrange collection within 7 days from our Retrobarn in Flamstead, Hertfordshire. Viewing of items is welcome. The Retrobarn is open by appointment.

All items are packed using recycled cardboard and bubble wrap. Items are sent tracked, insured and signed for. 

If items has been damaged in transit, please contact us on the day of delivery and please take photos of the product and packaging, for insurance purposes.

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Antique St Leonard's Church Bengeo Hertfordshire Oak Silver Box Chest Trunk