Monday, 7 August 2017

More Treasure, Another Prom And Fram's Debut In The FA Cup

Over two hundred people turned up at Baddingham Road on Saturday afternoon to watch Framlingham Town take on Wadham Lodge in The Castlemen's first ever outing in the FA Cup.

Sadly the game ended goalless but that means that Fram live to fight another day and will play at least 180 minutes of FA Cup football.

Fram's chances were not helped by a sending off early in the second half when Kerridge was dismissed for a fairly innocuous (but risky) kicking out at a Wadham defender. It was reminiscent of David Beckham's notorious World Cup faux pas against Argentina. All credit to the Castlemen for holding out against a well organised Wadham side. Let's hope that the replay on Wednesday brings the team some FA Cup glory. 

After the match we drove to Snape Maltings for another of the Summer Proms.

If there's a nicer concert venue in the country I would love to hear about it. It was a glorious evening and we arrived in time to enjoy a glass of wine and take in the view.

Saturday's concert was performed by Barbara Dickson. She put on a lovely set which included Scottish ballads, covers of songs by Bob Dylan and Gerry Rafferty and, of course, a couple of her own hits from the past. She's an excellent singer with a lot of personality and we both enjoyed the show. Our next trip is to see Renee Fleming - that should be another great night.

We're off to Scotland this week for a couple of days. We were supposed to be going there via Wales but our Welsh trip has been postponed due to our friend's work commitments so it's going to be a less arduous drive than we expected.

The harvest is starting to be brought in now so I've managed to get out into the fields with the detector a few times in the last week. Stubble is not the easiest to search as the coil has to be swung higher off the ground than is ideal thus reducing the detector's depth. Here is what turned up.

This mourning brooch in memory of Martha Tayler (sic) who died on 4 Feb 1825 probably holds a lock of Martha's hair. Although not hallmarked it appears to be gold. I've searched local records see if I can find any reference to her but have drawn a blank to date.

This is an army badge for the Royal Artillery.

No detecting trip is complete without a couple of musket balls

A lead toy horse's head 

Lead bag seal.

Elizabethan bag seal.

Tudor rose lead bag seal


Two Victorian silver sixpences 

A tiny George III Maundy silver penny dated 1800 (sixpence shown for scale)

Unusual lead handle

Battered Tudor hammered silver coin.

And last but not least, the very final signal of the last few outings. 

This is a silver gilt pin head.

It is beautifully decorated in filigree and dates to the Tudor period. It classes as Treasure so I've reported it to the archaeologists in Bury St Edmunds.

Detecting is not a hobby for the impatient though. Apart from the finds shown above, I also dug up this lot. 

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