This week saw FOUR refusals!
One said they didn't allow detecting on their farm, the second said that if people saw us in their fields others would think they could do the same.
The third said that it would be better to leave history where it was. The fourth farm said they "weren't interested" and there's no history there.
It's a shame really as farm One has what appears to be an extensive Roman villa 100 meters from their front door.
Farm Two has a mass of documented history there.
Farm Three also has what appears to be another Roman villa right next to their farmhouse.
Farm Four with "no history" has a huge Romano-British settlement mapped out and recorded on it's land.
Anyway, after a brief step-back and glass of Portuguese red a new horizon appeared.
Three permissions came to light. One surprisingly belongs to an Estate and the agent is checking with the tenant. The second said "No problem with you having a look... do you mind waiting a few weeks as there's a crop on most of the land".
The third said her husband would call me when he had a free minute.
For those looking for permission, don't be put off by any knock-backs.
We managed eighteen new permissions in 2013. Some of these proved to be not quite as historic as others!
Also, I know that some may say to do the research thing after you have gained permission.
I don't suppose that there's a wrong way or right way. If you live in an area that is rich in history then most permissions will be worthwhile.
Fingers crossed, whichever way you choose may result in some great recoveries.
Well, back to the drawing board.....