A stunning 13th century tiled floor has been found 2 metres below the current floor level at a medieval Abbey, in what has been described as a 'once-in-a-lifetime' discovery.
The vividly-coloured tiles, which have not been seen in 500 years, display the coats of arms of powerful Norman monarchs and barons.
Experts have always known that before the current Gothic church was built there stood a Norman Cathedral and before that an Anglo-Saxon monastery.
- The three golden lions on a red shield is the coat of arms of the Plantagenet kings.
- The three red chevrons on a gold shield is the coat of arms of the de Clare family.