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Thomas Cromwell's 'love ring' discovered by treasure hunter banked £35,000

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A beautiful gold 15th Century ring was found by a metal detectorist near Laude Abbey in Leicestershire. It was found on the land which was owned by the late Thomas Cromwell, who was Henry VIII's advisor.


The striking piece of jewelry represents an early example of a love ring, worn by the wife of married partners, the bond between them symbolized with two natural gems embedded on the front and surrounded by a decoration which may be the representation of flower petals. 
The sides are engraved with leaf patterns.  The dimensions are 19 mm in diameter and 10 mm wide at bezel with a weight of 5.71 grams.  The land where the ring was discovered is now a Christian retreat and conference center and the finder was privileged to receive permission to search the area.



In historical days, the land was initially owned by wealthy Augustinian Priory since the 12th century.  Thomas Cromwell was surveying for land to settle on and found the location with its stunning surroundings impressive. He took…

Beginner's luck for 3 Year old boy who unearths Medieval reliquary worth £70 000

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3 Year old James Hyatt from Billericay, Essex wanted to join his father and grandfather metal detecting and a trip planned out on a field in Hockley, Essex seemed like as perfect opportunity as any to have his first ever try at treasure hunting.

Within minutes of taking hold of the metal detector, there was a distinctive beep, indicating a non-ferrous target buried in the ground. He started digging and much to the astonishment of everyone unearthed a gold locket which was not a modern piece of jewelry. 
Experts identified it as a reliquary and dated it to the era of Henry VIII (early 16th century), the engraving is a type which was popular during that time.

Medieval Christians believed in the power of relics, any physical remains of what was considered a holy site or person and any object which they had contact with. Anything touched by Christ or his apostles were considered to have healing powers and since Saints were believed to provide a spiritual link between life and death and acts …

Talisman for warding off evil spirits in Middle Ages found in Norfolk

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A  silver gilt cross with size 14mm by 12mm (0.5in by 0.4in) from the 15th Century was recently found by a metal detectorist near Wramplingham in Norfolk.

During the Middle Ages, a feared disease named  St Anthony's Fire, affecting both humans and livestock, which caused dreadful symptoms developed in Europe and soon became widespread.
It was initially believed to be the cause of bewitchment, therefore supersticious people would wear a talisman in the form of a cross in an attempt to ward off the evil spirits.

Norfolk's finds liaison officer for the county's Historic Environment Service, Julie Shoemark said that the symptoms were, amongst others, mania, convulsions, skin lesions and in the progressive stage, gangrene.

The name St.Anthony's Fire came about after the disease broke out in France and hospitals were specially erected to treat victims. Gaston de la Valloire a nobleman of the Dauphiné, was the founder of these hospitals and dedicated them to Saint Anthony (c.251-…

Rare and valuable pendant of high quality gold found in Norfolk

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Mr. Godfrey Pratt from Norfolk made a rare and valuable discovery on a field near Attleborough, with his metal detector.  At first, he thought it may be just a golden bottle cap, but upon uncovering it more,  discovered a pendant made of high-quality gold in a good condition, dating back to the 6th Century.
Made more than 1,500 years ago, this early Anglo-Saxon pendant features the image of Emperor Justinian as it appeared on Byzantine coin. 
Finds officer Dr. Adrian Marsden from Norwich Castle Museum said it was originally made in France, may have come to England as result of an export trade at the time and that the jewelry likely had a special significance to the owner and was buried with them.
It could possibly indicate a cemetery on the field where it was found and Mr. Pratt joined a search project lead by a team from the Norfolk Heritage Recovery Group.
The pendant is due for valuation by the British Museum, following evaluation by the coroner, after which Mr. Pratt will be rewarded …

Medieval ring found in Robin Hood's Sherwood Forrest.

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Mr.Mark Thompson was metal detecting in Sherwood Forest, in Nottinghamshire, where the legend of Robin Hood originates when he discovered a beautiful gold ring set with a blue sapphire stone.  It has the image of an infant Christ engraved on one side and that of a Saint on the other.

It is believed to date from the 14th century and similar to one found with the tomb of Archbishop of Canterbury, William Whittlesey, who died in 1374.


A regional finds liaison officer, Dot Boughton, confirmed that the case has been referred to the coroner to be formally declared a treasure, following tests at the British Museum.
Mr. Thompson says that he found the ring within 20 minutes while searching with his metal detector in the forest and making this find could completely change his life.