Colchester Metal Detecting Club


September Meeting

There was a good turnout for the September Meeting in which we held an exhibition of members finds and I would like to thank Paul and Stuart and also Maurice for bringing along some finds to show.  Nigel also gave us a short talk on some of his collection of Roman items, a Roman plumbob and part of a Roman aphora handle.  As Nigel was a bricklayer, he showed us how they would have been used in the construction of Roman buildings and how they could still be used today, using the same methods that the Romans did e.g. the Aphora handle to coat bricks with coloured ochre and how the lead plumb bob would have been used on a length of string attached to a nail, suspended in a slot in a piece of straight wood with a hole at the bottom for the plum bob to sit.  Thanks also to Dick Watcham, Stuart Elton and Daniel Lewis for talking about finds they had made, how they documented them and the enjoyment they get from their hobby.
Congratulations to Mary Partridge for winning the best artefact with her medieval chaffing dish handle, the runner up being a medieval pendant and to Colin Gilbert our Finds Table Officer for the best coin with a bronze Roman Sestertius of Commodus, closely followed by a lovely silver denarius.  There were a total of 17 items on the finds table, comprising 8 artefacts and 9 coins.  Thanks to everybody for their contributions.

Winner   -     Medieval Chaffing Dish Handle


Runner-Up   Medieval Pendant
Medieval Key                                                                Medieval Vesica Seal
Medieval Wotsit                                                           13th century brooch
Watch Winder                                                             Pipe Tamper (Modern)


Winner   -    Roman Bronze Sestertius


Runner-up    Silver Denarius
James VI Scotland 1600 Silver Hammered                       Cut Quarter (King John) 1199-1216
Mary Groat 1574                                                         Long Cross Silver Penny 1344/51 Edward III               
Token (Spade Guinea)                                                German Jetton (1585)


Don’t forget next month’s meeting is on the 1st October and we have John JcCabe talking about Colchester- Conobolin to Boadicea.



August Meeting

The talk by David Johnson at the August Meeting was about the history of Grange Barn at Coggeshall which was built in 1275 and is still standing today, thanks to a dedicated group who rescued it in the 1960’s from destruction by the local Council who wanted to demolish it.  The Barn is one of the oldest and largest in Europe of its type and is a superb example of medieval craftsmanship.  It is now looked after by The National Trust and is available for hire for barn dances, weddings, craft fairs and a host of other events.  It’s original use was as a Tythe Barn to thresh and store the grain from the huge Estate that surrounded it.  Also inside is an exhibition of woodworking tools owned by Bryan Saunders, a renowned wood craftsman.  David’s talk was very informative and I’m sure we all learnt a lot about the history from the period when the Barn stood. 
At next month’s meeting we haven’t got a guest speaker, so it will be a good opportunity to bring in your showcases and finds for other members to see and talk about. 
At the October Meeting, John McCabe, a Colchester Tourist Guide is coming to talk about Camalodunum and his talk is entitled, Conobolin to Boudicea which we are very much looking forward to. 
There were quite a lot of finds on the table this month with some excellent coins and artefacts on show.   The winner for the best artefact was Maurice Rogers, our Secretary and Treasurer with a beautiful bronze statue, approximately 3” high of Bacchus, the God of Wine in perfect condition and a very rare and important find.  The winner of the coin of the month was Barry Woodrow with a silver Roman coin, a Republican denarius.  Unfortunately, the photo didn’t come out very well, apologies to Barry.  Congratulation to both winners.  Next month there should be lots of finds on the table as now the crops are being gathered in, we should be able to get back on our favourite fields and find some more goodies!
Total Items on the Finds Table were as follows:
Mary Sixpence                                                Pitchfork Shoe Buckle                 
Silver Ring and a Gold Ring                             Roman Brooch                                     
Papal Bulla                                                      George IV silver coin        
Roman Statue – Bacchus                                Silver Roman Republican Denarius         
(Winner of the Best Artefact)                         (Winner of Best Coin)
Drawer Handle                                                Decorated Shoe Buckle                        
Elizabeth I Half Groat                                      Edward I Farthing                                 
Roman Brooch        
Looking forward to seeing you all next month and don’t forget to bring in some of your treasures to share with all the other members.  Till then regards,
Barry, (Chairman)





July Meeting


At the July Meeting, we had a very interesting talk from Sam Moorhead, the National Finds Adviser for Iron Age and Roman Coins from the P.A.S. and Treasure at the British Museum.

He told us how metal detectorists have changed the way that Roman Britain was thought to have been settled by previous Roman experts such as Reece, who said in his book on Roman Britain that Suffolk was sparsely populated by the Romans as few coins have ever been found. Now due to the amount of coins recorded by detectorists, Suffolk has been found to have the highest amount of coins found and was very intensely farmed with most of the grain being sent to Europe.  Also many lost Roman roads have been plotted onto maps by recording coins found by us and tribal borders are often marked by rivers as coins found on one bank were not found on the opposite side which is something which has come to light.  Also, the ancient coast line has been traced by Roman coins found in some areas and not in others because these areas were covered by sea water at the time of Roman occupation.  So this proves what a valuable contribution metal detecting is in helping towards understanding what happened in Britain nearly 2,000 years ago, where people were living and working at that time.

Sam is also very keen to see all our Roman grots as some are very rare and he reckons to be able to identify the vast majority so bring along all your grots and give them to Laura to pass on to Sam at the British Museum although there is a backlog of 15,000 coins at the moment.  You never know you may have a very rare coin sitting in your grot box.

The coin find of the month went to Maurice Rogers our Secretary and Treasurer with a beautiful quarter gold noble in very nice condition, a true find of a lifetime.  The best artefact went to Paul “Shaggy”’s statue which was found at the Boxted Rally Fun Day Out.  Congratulations to both winners.

A special prize was presented to Rio Hughes age 6 for the best find of the day at the Rally.  He is our youngest member and is seen receiving his trophy from Barry Heayes our Chairman


barry and club secretary maurice


 Maurice Rogers' quarter gold noble



 Barry & Paul (artifact winner)


 Paul's statue; find of the month,


Barry our Chaiman Thanking Sam Moorhead  From the B.M. for an excellent talk on roman coinage of Great Britain






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