A local resident who regularly walks their dog in and around Hogacre did some metal detecting on our site in 2020 and 2021. This is what they found:

September 2020

Partial and full horseshoe – 1730-1780 

  • Various square-section nails – pre-1780 
  • George VI one penny coin, cut – 1944 
  • Lead thimble 
  • Metal ring with faux mother of pearl inset – modern 
  • 32-bore musket ball – mid 17th century 
  • Sterling silver ring 
  • Metal ring with semi-precious inset (turquoise?) 
  • Carabiner 
  • Aluminium tent peg 
  • Aluminium peg and hoop (for camping?) 
  • Some large pieces of iron with unidentified purpose 
  • Horse hitch ring with square section nail 

November 2020

Two George V half pennies (1912) 

  • George V penny (1915) 
  • Metal button-back (military?) 
  • Metal ring with twist design 
  • Gold-plated ring pendant with chain 

December 2020 – Jan 2021

Paddle-shaped heavy metal object. I suspect this is cricket pitch equipment. 

  • Shoe patten. This is probably Georgian; a stilt used to keep the wearer above the mud. 
  • Heart-shaped padlock (front only). 
  • Small button with crest. This may be a ‘fantasy’ button, perhaps produced in the UK around 1906 as a blazer button to celebrate the marriage of Victoria Eugenia, Queen Victoria’s grand-daughter, to King Alfonso XIII of Spain. 

March – May 2021

D-buckle. No idea of date. 

  • Large chain link. No idea of date. 
  • Some sort of iron coupling, possibly for hanging items? 
  • Tractor/trailer coupling – this took a bit of work to identify! Again, no clues as to the date of this but presumably mid 20th century? 
  • Stamped brass object, possibly Victorian. Looks like some form of decoration but I haven’t been able to find out any more.  

May 2021

Georgian Buckle: it’s part of a mid 18th-century (Georgian) shoe buckle. I found it about 5cm deep, on the path to the northwest of the fenced orchard. 

It’s likely to be contemporary with the shoe patten I found last year, and would probably have been worn by someone of status, rather than those labourers working with the livestock.