BBC Antiques Roadshow guest says 'really' as he is blown away by schoolbook's true value

The curator of the school was in shock after the valuation
-Credit: (Image: BBC)

A guest on Antiques Roadshow was gobsmacked as he heard the valuation of a schoolbook on tonight's show.

Fiona Bruce returned to host another episode of the popular BBC programme on Sunday night. The latest episode took place at a roadshow in Windermere as guests arrived to get their treasures valued by an expert.

Justin Croft ended the episode by valuing a book from Hawskhead grammar school, a place the iconic romantic poet William Wordsworth attended in the 18th century. The curator from the school had an historic printed edition of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

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The guest said: "It's a schoolbook. It's part of a library that Hawkshead Grammar schoolchildren would have used." Justin was amazed as it was an edition from the 16th century and explained it had been in the Lake District for hundreds of years.

He said: "It's an important book in its own right." The curator explained Wordsworth would have studied from this very edition of the Canterbury Tales and had a separate schoolbook inscribed by the legendary romantic poet when he was at school.

The book was inscribed by William Wordsworth
The book was inscribed by William Wordsworth -Credit:BBC

Justin was blown away by the literary collection and said it would be worth around £20,000 - £30,000. The curator was taken aback by the valuation as he said: "Really? Right, well I better be pretty careful putting them back on the shelf then."

A viewer following the show on social media platform X was similary amazed as @Ihnewman said: "30k omg"

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