Unfortunately Steve couldn't join us on this, the first of several new permissions this season.
The weather en-route to our new stubble fields was not the best I'd seen!
However, when we got there the skies had cleared leaving it to be a very sunny day indeed.
We'd already planned a rough guide as to where to search (with an adjustment to having Steve missing) so with the large Déus coils, GB set at 85 and tracking for Rob and standard GMP settings, we started on field 1.
Lots of small ferrous signals and Victorian night soil were evident. The pottery came from here along with a couple of Civil War musket balls.
After about thirty minutes a couple came over to us and asked if we had permission to be on the land. They said they saw our van (well it does stand out lol). I said we did and quoted the farmers name. They said he rents it from them.... Whoops! Of course I offered my sincerest apologies but with the couple being so nice and understanding they said it was ok.
They began telling us the history of their land.... eye popping!
I offered to send them a report and a link to the pictures with which they later secured their email address under one of the vans windscreen wipers.
Field 2 was next and was very "quiet" apart from lead, a few pre-decimal coins and a silver Victorian 3d.
Field 3 provided the majority of the finds with lots of ferrous signals along with the most lead I have ever seen!!
The field sloped to about three-quarters way were it levelled out.
We started at the top of the slope and worked our way down moving downhill 20 feet apart transversley north/south.
At the southern end was a large orchard with some very tasty plums indeed!
Being quite a warm day, it was a nice treat everytime we hit the southern edge of the field.... very juicy!
We returned to the van for more refreshments (as well as shed some of the lead) and were surprised to see it was 5pm! We decided it was time to go and see the farmer for the very first time. Seeing that their farm was a 20 minute drive away we didn't want to get there too late.
We were greeted by their sheep dog and then the lady of the manor.
She was so nice and was very interested in where we had been and what we'd found. She said her husband was away cutting "somewhere".
She said we could come back anytime to which I replied that we didn't know exactly which were their fields and if they were accessible. Her reply was totally unexpected.... "We have land all over the place (and named a few towns/villages) ..in all we have about 2500 acres...." not the 1600 acres I thought they had!!
With that, she very kindly gave me her email address so that I could send her a report and pictures too. We can also send Google images of the land we know that's theirs to make it easier when deciding which areas to survey.
Here's a link to the days recoveries 17th August 2014