Still Waiting For That First Gold Find?
[The Searcher, June 2009, Page 9]
...a few gold find stories by Brett Hammond of TimeLine Originals

Recent newcomer to the hobby? Not yet seen a glint of gold on the end of your trowel? Take heart. Literally hundreds of gold coins - even a few hoards of the precious metal - turn up every year in Britain. Get yourself into a positive frame of mind by glancing through a selection of half-a-dozen unexpected golden moments - all from the days before metal detecting became a popular hobby. If these people could do it, you should have little trouble in eventually doing the same with your modern equipment ...

  • In 1845 a beautiful gold wrist torc, weighing five ounces, was ploughed up in a field at Lyeway, Ropley, Hants on land belonging to a Mr Lilywhite.

  • In 1815, at a spot marking the source of the Stiffkey rivulet near Barney, 6 miles E.N.E. of Fakenham, Norfolk, a massive gold shield, a large gold torc and other relics were ploughed up.

  • During WW2, in 1943, at Tomnaven Farm, Moray, a Late Bronze Age gold armlet was ploughed up.

  • In the spring of 1843, in a field between the villages of Scalby and Combouts, a large gold torc was ploughed up. It was thirty-five inches in length, one-sixth of an inch thick, and made from very pure gold.

  • In the 19th century a gold ornament, wrought in filagree work, and set with garnets, was found on the farm of West Craigie, near the ancient Church of Dalmeny, Linlithgowshire. It was thought to have formed part of a large cross or pastoral staff.


  • While deep ploughing on Overhill Farm, in the parish of Belhelvie, Aberdeenshire, a massive gold torc and a gold chain were found. And when you make your first gold find, why not show it to TimeLine Originals? We can help you with identification and with correct procedures under the Treasure laws.

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