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Easylife
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I was offered the land of a large Victorian house set in 8 acres of grounds to detect. The older maps show how the grounds were split into different areas, lawns, orchard, woodland, paddock etc. I already knew that most of it had been left to overgrow to encourage wildlife but the many trees had kept the ground cover to a minimum in enough small open areas to have a swing about.
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I only wandered about in the bottom third of the grounds and started off in the overgrown old orchard, most targets were really shallow at just 2" deep if that. One of the first targets was some sort of wire gauge. This was shortly followed by a complete 19th century barrel tap.
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There was a surprising amount of foil, but neither a button nor coin had shown after a couple of hours but then again I was well away from the house. I discovered the bottle dump by the rear boundary and have permission to dig it if I want to.
I moved on to a small meadow like area in a corner and it produced a few deeper bits.
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First a large gilded watch winder, a pewter spoon bowl, then the first elusive button! First coin too, in fact it was a coin spill of five spendables in the same hole for £1.50 likely lost in the late 1990's.
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An older coin followed, a well worn George II or III halfpenny, then perhaps the best find of the day being an 18th century large artois style shoe buckle!
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I think I found one of the original garden paths and a Victoria 1890 halfpenny showed in such good the condition that it's hard to believe that it's even been in the ground!
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Well that was quite fun, more of a jungle adventure negotiating the undergrowth! I wandered on about 2 acres of the land and probably dug about 60 targets though ignored many that sounded a bit trashy because they probably were.
The way I see it is that if someone had the cash in the mid 1800's to buy this sizeable land and build a big house then I look forward to detecting their front lawn!
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Some areas were just impeneterable!
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Great location, with exciting times ahead.
Detecting and bottle digging.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
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Interesting site Easylife. These smaller permissions can be fun but the issue of overgrown weeds and creepers are one I’m all too familiar with on a couple of small private village plots. Frustrating but at least you know it is undetected if you can find detectable patches.
Yes I really don’t like Roman coins, I’m not joking
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The owner's invited me over for some beers in their garden as they were interested to see my initial finds, beer is always difficult to resist! Not much to show but they were still really quite impressed so I left the lot with them, scrap & trash included! I also showed them a few of my better more recent finds and they went down a treat. It really broke the ice and added even further reassurance to their previously stated completely free reign to search anywhere. The first time I had avoided going too close to the house as I didn't really like to impose too much, but now having met all of the family, three genrations, the front lawn is absolutely game on! I've yet to see it but surely there will be some Victorian goodies on there? It just has to be the next task! :D
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Unfortunately the area at the front of the house had been re-landscaped. Just a penny and a £2 coin by the top paving. Down some steps to the front lawn which wasn't very big, but I still gridded it. Well that was rather horible, just building waste, lead pipes and foil - not so much as a button! So back into the jungle I went! A massive target was an unexpected but quite cool find, a 1950's Whitbread beer tray. Then came a triangular lead weight and a Victorian penknife.
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The owner will be chuffed to bits with that tray but I know his wife will be less than impressed! :lol:
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Wow, interesting place for sure
Love that beer tray, i think we have a couple of those in the loft, plus the old beer "towels" for want of a better word

Looks like hard work though with all that growth and building waste around the house
Keeps ya off the streets though fella :thumbsup:
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