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Historical painted cloth set free after 70 years in Warwickshire tower

STUCK in a tower at the top of a winding staircase for nearly 70 years with no means of escape.

No, it’s not an aging Repunzel, but a delicate 16th century Elizabethan painted cloth, which is one of the most treasured items in the National Trust collection at Coughton Court.

The Tabula Eliensis, which records a history of Ely, in Cambridgeshire, covering nearly 1,000 years, has remained in the tower since the mid-1950s.

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