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Latest Posts

June 2019: sixpence

Posted on 30th June, 2019


2019: May - George 4th New Penny

Posted on 23rd May, 2019

Hi Treasure Hunters,


Welcome to my brief monthly update. Firstly apologies due to technical problems on my side, email were not forwarded from Metal@thefarleighs.co.uk to my email address, so please please email me again if you are interested in joining the newly inaugurated ‘Farleighs Detectorists’ or if you are a land owner and you would be good enough to allow the club to detect (and litter pick) your land.


News: An appropriately named gentlemen:  Mr Lucking unearthed a £145,000 Anglo-Saxon pendant has found more treasure dating back about 800 years. Tom Lucking's latest find saw him dig up a brooch dating back to between 1200 and 1300 in Wymondham, Norfolk in September. Very Lucking indeed!



Find of the month:

Goes to my young Nephew William, who joined me on a hunt last week and unearthed a rare near perfect George II half Penny. Well done William.














Classified Ad:

For sale. Golden Retriever, had for nine months, has yet to retrieve gold. Should have just bought a Metal Detector!

Ba boom: Happy hunting folks.


2019: April - Artillery Cannon

Posted on 23rd May, 2019

I have very kindly been invited to offer a few words on my hobby/obsession which is metal detecting. Stay with me dear reader, the dowdy image of the pastime is misplaced. It is a truly exciting and intriguing hobby. We are often referred to as ‘Treasure Hunter’, I’m not keen on this as I’ve yet to meet any detector that does it for financial gain. What is common to us folk is that we are lovers of the countryside, anthropologist and historians. The thrill is not in finding an object, but in the wonder of the images it paints in the mind and the detailed research we do after the find, plus it offers a nice walk in the countryside and the opportunity to make it a little tidier when we leave.


Here for example. A dear friend in the village has given me permission to hunt on ‘the field’.

I found a USA 1930s Barclay toy artillery cannon. Make up you own story of how it got there, but I am thrilled that it is now saved, it is under restoration and in the future another little boy or girl will once again enjoy the thrill of playing with it. 






So what is our aim?  I am setting up the ‘Farleighs Detectorists’ metal detecting club. The modern mission statement is for detectors to go undetected. We aim to remove all objects from the ground and all visible litter from a permission. To dig small, neat holes to recover objects and back fill invisibly.


To be a club we need people, we are a modest 3 people currently, we need more people, experience not necessary and we need the permission to detect more land. For you the land owner, you are entitled half of all finds. We will remove all objects found, including the ubiquitous large chunks of metal that can damage plough blades and cultivator tines. However, we are bound by the Treasure Act 1996 and any finds may need to be declared to the local coroner.


Inset: 2019 finds from our current permission and the search of my field in West Farleigh










Please contact me if you are interested in joining the soon to be formalised: ‘Farleigh Detectorists’ club or if you are a land owner and you would kind enough to offer a the club permission to detect your land.


Thanks Pete