Somerset metal detecting club founder unearths unusual items on farm (From This is The West Country)
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Somerset metal detecting club founder unearths unusual items on farm
2:00pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
A 13TH Century coin, a Civil War musket ball and some 1920s’ lipstick are just some of the items discovered in fields by the founder of a Somerset metal detecting club.
Morley Howard, founder member of Somerset Artifact Seekers Metal Detecting Club, has been invited to Spring Farm at Moorlinch, near Bridgwater, over the past few months to investigate the land.
Anne Farmer, who owns the land, said: “We were intrigued and delighted with what he showed us. The oldest item was an Elizabeth I sixpence, clearly bearing the date 1594.
“That coin would have represented a day’s pay for some occupations and I can only hope it was an Elizabethan tycoon who dropped it, not some poor farm worker with a wife and children to support.
“That’s the attraction of handling these re-discovered objects – you can’t help going on a flight of fancy.”
Many other more recent coins were also found, along with a military-style button featuring a crown in the centre and ‘Polden Hills’ around the edge.
There was also a watch winder, a musket ball from the Civil War, a spindle whorl, a 1920s-style lipstick, buckles, badges, a charm bracelet, a thimble, a cartridge case and a pipe-filler.
Mr Howard said: “I knew the road that runs along the back is a prime Roman road. We found some Roman pottery but because all the items are so varied we are trying to compile a time line.
“I think the oldest item is actually a ‘flint knapp’ which is currently being identified and dated. It may be a hand tool or an arrow head.”
Over in Highbridge, Morley discovered some coins, the oldest of which dates back to the 13th Century.
He found an Edward I Bristol hammered silver penny (dating from 1280 to 1281), a George III half penny (1771) and another silver coin in the form of a William IIII sixpence (1836).
Mr Howard wants to hear from any landowners who would be interested in letting the club do a charity dig. For more information call 01278-786906.
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