A Mudlarks World Finding History At The Bottom Of The Steps

A Mudlarks World Finding History At The Bottom Of The Steps Mudlarking and metal detecting the river thames

Searching for lost history

You need a foreshore permit if you wish to mudlark the Thames Foreshore


https://www.pla.co.uk

Operating as usual

Some Black and White photos with a splash of colour thames
24/07/2021

Some Black and White photos with a splash of colour thames

Victoria. 'Cumberland Jack' Token. Dated 1837The tokens & counters that bear the words "To Hanover" (commonly known as C...
10/07/2021

Victoria. 'Cumberland Jack' Token. Dated 1837

The tokens & counters that bear the words "To Hanover" (commonly known as Cumberland Jacks) are usually found with Victoria's portrait on the obverse and a figure riding a horse on the reverse (in the style of St George slaying the dragon). They were produced as satirical counters and used in gaming.

The history behind these pieces is that when Victoria was crowned as Queen, she was unable to fulfil the role of King of Hanover under Salic Law, due to the fact that she was a female. Her unpopular Uncle (Ernest Augustus, the Duke of Cumberland) who was the oldest male heir to the throne was sent off to Hanover instead to fulfil the role, and the counters/tokens were produced to commemorate (celebrate) his departure. Such was his unpopularity that many of the tokens on closer inspection actually depict a monkey on horseback which was intended to portray the Duke.

They were produced around the time of Victoria's ascension to the throne in 1837, and continued to be produced for the next few decades. They were finally made illegal in 1883.

https://www.coins4all.co.uk/products/victoria-cumberland-jack-token-dated-1837

10/07/2021
🙏🌞⛩🐉😌 Happi-chappie!
10/07/2021

🙏🌞⛩🐉😌 Happi-chappie!

🙏🌞⛩🐉😌 Happi-chappie!

08/05/2021
06/05/2021
Beautiful this morning 🤩🤍
02/05/2021

Beautiful this morning 🤩🤍

Beautiful this morning 🤩🤍

I love the randomness always something different  🦵🏻😁
25/04/2021

I love the randomness always something different 🦵🏻😁

I love the randomness always something different 🦵🏻😁

Vintage lead/tin flat soldiers artillery cannon
25/04/2021

Vintage lead/tin flat soldiers artillery cannon

LCS - LONDON CO-OP SOCIETY 1930'S 1 PINT MILK BOTTLE.Amazing how this survived being crushed around the rocks
25/04/2021

LCS - LONDON CO-OP SOCIETY 1930'S 1 PINT MILK BOTTLE.

Amazing how this survived being crushed around the rocks

LCS - LONDON CO-OP SOCIETY 1930'S 1 PINT MILK BOTTLE.

Amazing how this survived being crushed around the rocks

Charles I Rose farthing So first time back on the foreshore today in what feels like a lifetime since I was last on it a...
25/04/2021

Charles I Rose farthing

So first time back on the foreshore today in what feels like a lifetime since I was last on it and not much of finds apart from this Charles I Rose farthing.

Charles I (19 November 1600 – 30 January 1649) was King of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 27 March 1625 until his ex*****on.

Charles's beheading was scheduled for Tuesday, 30 January 1649.

At about 2:00 p.m., Charles put his head on the block after saying a prayer and signalled the ex*****oner when he was ready by stretching out his hands; he was then beheaded with one clean stroke. The ex*****oner was masked and disguised, and there is debate over his identity. The commissioners approached Richard Brandon, the common hangman of London, but he refused, at least at first, despite being offered £200.

The farthings of Charles I (1625-1649) were privately minted. The Rose farthings were issued late in the Reign and later Rose farthings had a brass wedge inserted to stop counterfeiting.
The one I found has the brass wedge missing.

The coin reads
Obv. Legend CAROLV D.G. MA BRI.
(Charles, by the grace of God, of Great Britain)
sceptres through a crown
Rev. Legend FRA ET HI REX.
(France and Ireland, King)
single rose

http://wbcc-online.com/new-releases/rose.html

Millbank PrisonMillbank Prison was a prison in Millbank, Westminster, London, originally constructed as the National Pen...
22/02/2021

Millbank Prison

Millbank Prison was a prison in Millbank, Westminster, London, originally constructed as the National Penitentiary, and which for part of its history served as a holding facility for convicted prisoners before they were transported to Australia. It was opened in 1816 and closed in 1890.

The first prisoners, all women, were admitted on 26 June 1816. The first men arrived in January 1817. The prison held 103 men and 109 women by the end of 1817, and 452 men and 326 women by late 1822. Sentences of five to ten years in the National Penitentiary were offered as an alternative to transportation to those thought most likely to reform.

Lauer Toy Coins (Nurnberg, Germany) 1830 to 1910,these coins are essentially play money for the British market.The inscr...
21/02/2021

Lauer Toy Coins (Nurnberg, Germany) 1830 to 1910,these coins are essentially play money for the British market.

The inscription LAUER refers to the Lauer family who were famous for making tokens. (Lauer, L. Chr.) based at Nuremberg in Bavaria, made many issues of toy coins for the English market and around the world. Their coins were sold through numerous agencies and companies within England. Lauer died in 1873 but the company continued to trade in his name. It was run by his widow and then their three sons, but after this it passed out of the control of the family. The company survived World War I but was destroyed before 1945.

Dead Man's Hole Tower bridge Dead Man's Hole is an area underneath the east side of Tower Bridge and is an area that was...
18/02/2021

Dead Man's Hole Tower bridge

Dead Man's Hole is an area underneath the east side of Tower Bridge and is an area that was previously used as an open air mortuary (or morgue) where the Metropolitan Police would store dead bodies that they recovered from the River Thames

Once rescued, the waterlogged bodies would then be left in this mortuary until identified, or, as was more often the case, buried anonymously.

So what’s with the shiny white tiles lining the walls and ceiling apparently for easy clean up decomposing corpses can explode from trapped gases, and tiles are easier to wipe clean. 🥴🤮

Dead Man's Hole Tower bridge

Dead Man's Hole is an area underneath the east side of Tower Bridge and is an area that was previously used as an open air mortuary (or morgue) where the Metropolitan Police would store dead bodies that they recovered from the River Thames

Once rescued, the waterlogged bodies would then be left in this mortuary until identified, or, as was more often the case, buried anonymously.

So what’s with the shiny white tiles lining the walls and ceiling apparently for easy clean up decomposing corpses can explode from trapped gases, and tiles are easier to wipe clean. 🥴🤮

Funny little face on this piece 👺Maybe something Chinese (modern)
13/02/2021

Funny little face on this piece 👺

Maybe something Chinese (modern)

Funny little face on this piece 👺

Maybe something Chinese (modern)

On this day 13th February 1689William and Mary proclaimed joint sovereigns of BritainFollowing Britain’s bloodless Glori...
13/02/2021

On this day 13th February 1689

William and Mary proclaimed joint sovereigns of Britain

Following Britain’s bloodless Glorious Revolution, Mary, the daughter of the deposed king, and William of Orange, her husband, are proclaimed joint sovereigns of Great Britain under Britain’s new Bill of Rights.

William, a Dutch prince, married Mary, the daughter of the future King James II, in 1677. After James’ succession to the English throne in 1685, the Protestant William kept in close contact with the opposition to the Catholic king. After the birth of an heir to James in 1688, seven high-ranking members of Parliament invited William and Mary to England. William landed at Torbay in Devonshire with an army of 15,000 men and advanced to London, meeting no opposition from James’ army, which had deserted the king. James himself was allowed to escape to France, and in February 1689 Parliament offered the crown jointly to William and Mary, provided they accept the Bill of Rights.
The Bill of Rights, which greatly limited royal power and broadened constitutional law, granted Parliament control of finances and the army and prescribed the future line of royal succession, declaring that no Roman Catholic would ever be sovereign of England. The document also stated that Englishmen possessed certain inviolable civil and political rights, a political concept that was a major influence in the composition of the U.S. Bill of Rights, composed almost exactly a century later.
The Glorious Revolution, the ascension of William and Mary, and the acceptance of the Bill of Rights were decisive victories for Parliament in its long struggle against the crown.

https://www.history.com/.amp/this-day-in-history/william-and-mary-proclaimed-joint-sovereigns-of-britain

Pewter doll, late 16th century (British Museum) some unlucky child must have dropped it and was very upset 😭 this is a T...
06/02/2021

Pewter doll, late 16th century (British Museum) some unlucky child must have dropped it and was very upset 😭 this is a Thames find by some lucky Mudlarker!

Tower SubwayThe Tower Subway is a tunnel beneath the River Thames in central London, between Tower Hill on the north ban...
06/02/2021

Tower Subway

The Tower Subway is a tunnel beneath the River Thames in central London, between Tower Hill on the north bank of the river and Vine Lane (off Tooley Street) on the south. In 1869 a 1,340-foot-long (410 m) circular tunnel was dug through the London clay using a cast iron shield, an idea that had been patented in 1864 by Peter W. Barlow but never built.

A 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railway was laid in the tunnel and from August 1870 a cable-hauled wooden carriage conveyed passengers from one end to the other. This was uneconomic and the company went bankrupt by the end of the year. The tunnel was converted to pedestrian use and one million people a year crossed under the river, paying a toll of a ha'penny. The opening of the toll-free Tower Bridge nearby in 1894 caused a drop in income and the tunnel closed in 1898, after being sold to the London Hydraulic Power Company. Today the tunnel is used for water mains.

The same shield method of construction was used in 1890 to dig the tunnels of the City and South London Railway, the first of London's electrified "Tube" railways and the first underground electrified railway in the world.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_Subway

A broken pipe that I found sometime agothis clay pipe commemorates the Royal Inniskilling 27th Regiment of Foot later to...
01/02/2021

A broken pipe that I found sometime ago
this clay pipe commemorates the Royal Inniskilling 27th Regiment of Foot later to become the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

This historic regiment was raised in INNISKILLING Ireland. This regiment served in the American Revolution. The West Indies, The Napoleonic Wars including the Battle of the Waterloo.

The bowl decorated on both sides with military motifs of the regiment. Including the Battle Honor in "Egypt". for service in the battle of the Nile.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/27th_(Inniskilling)_Regiment_of_Foot

Old Reward key tag (Return to 31 Lombard St.EC 5/- (5 Bob) reward on restoration to owner or nearest police station) 31 ...
31/01/2021

Old Reward key tag

(Return to 31 Lombard St.EC 5/- (5 Bob) reward on restoration to owner or nearest police station)

31 Lombard St. was where HSBC’s (The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited) London office was housed.

This tag might be something to do with the bank

After the British established Hong Kong as a colony in the aftermath of the First O***m War, merchants from other parts of the British Empire, now in Hong Kong, felt the need for a bank to finance the growing trade, through Hong Kong and sometimes also through Shanghai, between China and India, the rest of the British Empire and Europe, of goods, produces and merchandises of all kinds, but especially o***m, cultivated in or transited (re-exported) through the Raj, and to that end, they organised amongst themselves and formed The Hongkong and Shanghai Bank in Hong Kong (March 1865), and in Shanghai one month later.

Looking in a old finds box I noticed this safety pin had something on it (Acus Tuta) turns out it’s Latin for safety pin...
31/01/2021

Looking in a old finds box I noticed this safety pin had something on it (Acus Tuta) turns out it’s Latin for safety pin 😂

Vintage Tie clip/slide made by Lambournes of Birmingham.History of the company 1886 The company was founded (presumably ...
27/01/2021

Vintage Tie clip/slide made by Lambournes of Birmingham.

History of the company

1886 The company was founded (presumably by Thomas Barrett Lambourne), to produce Spats, Rigid Braces, Buttons and Studs for the gentry. Initially had premises in Granville Street and Great Western Buildings, Livery Street.
1904 Thomas Barrett died; presumably his son Horatio Thomas Barrett Lambourne continued the business.
1911 Moved to premises in Great Charles Street, Birmingham.
1922 British Industries Fair Advert for Hosiers' Jewellery and Sundries - Sock Suspenders, Garters, Armlets, Brace Ends, Tie Frames, Studs, Links, Tie Pins, Collar Pins, Advertising Novelties, Stamped and Pressed Metal Smallwares. (Stand No. E.40)
In 1932 the company moved to the Great Hampton Works in Great Hampton Row, Birmingham.
1935 Sale of the collar-support section of the Lambourne business to Cascelloid followed by legal disputes over the sale.
Over the next few years the range of products were increased to include Cuff Links, Collar Studs, Tie Slides, Armbands, Belts, Braces, Garters, Sock Suspenders and Leather Goods.
The company expanded to include additional premises in Leominster but continued to be owned and run by the Lambourne family.
1981 The Great Hampton Works were sold to become part of the Arnold Wills Group.

https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Lambournes

Three leaf clover brooch with blue or turquoise colour.A three-leaf clover represents the Father, Son and Holy Spirit an...
23/01/2021

Three leaf clover brooch with blue or turquoise colour.

A three-leaf clover represents the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and are also said to stand for faith, hope and love. a four-leaf clover is considered to be the Trinity plus God's grace.

Nice little heart ring 🤍
23/01/2021

Nice little heart ring 🤍

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21/01/2021

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Big chunky ring 😁
19/01/2021

Big chunky ring 😁

A bachelor button is a button that can be attached without sewing. It uses a stud pressed through fabric and into a top ...
18/01/2021

A bachelor button is a button that can be attached without sewing. It uses a stud pressed through fabric and into a top button. They were sold in notion stores in the late 1800s and early 1900s as an emergency repair button. They could be attached and removed. The poem “A Bachelor's Button” is a lament by a man whose lover never sewed his button on his coat and had to use a bachelor's button to repair it.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bachelor_button_(sewing)

18/01/2021

The answer it’s a victorian propelling pencil with a ornate design. 🤩😀 well done to everyone that got it correct 🖊✏️

The answer it’s a victorian propelling pencil with a ornate design. 🤩😀 well done to everyone that got it correct 🖊✏️
18/01/2021

The answer it’s a victorian propelling pencil with a ornate design. 🤩😀 well done to everyone that got it correct 🖊✏️

Ok a guessing game incase you’re sat at home bored 🙂 this find as you can tell has  snapped at one end, but can you gues...
18/01/2021

Ok a guessing game incase you’re sat at home bored 🙂 this find as you can tell has snapped at one end, but can you guess what it is 🤔 will post the answer later 🧐🤨🧐 scale hand size 😂

Made my heart skip a beat when I found this i didn’t realise it was a button the shank wasn’t visible and some how manag...
18/01/2021

Made my heart skip a beat when I found this i didn’t realise it was a button the shank wasn’t visible and some how manage to keep it self within the button 😂

All things lead 🙂
17/01/2021

All things lead 🙂

I found these two buttons in the same area but on different trips to the foreshore about a year a part the large button ...
17/01/2021

I found these two buttons in the same area but on different trips to the foreshore about a year a part the large button is hollow missing the back.

Looking at them both they have a similar design to them 🧐

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What’s a Mudlark ?

A mudlark is someone who scavenges in river mud for items of value, a term used especially to describe those who scavenged this way in London during the late 18th and 19th centuries.

Mudlarks would search the muddy shores of the River Thames at low tide for anything that could be sold; and sometimes, when occasion arose, pilfering from river traffic.

More recently, metal-detectorists and other individuals searching the foreshore for historic artifacts have described themselves as "mudlarks". In London, a license is required from the Port of London Authority for this activity and it is illegal to search for or remove artifacts of any kind from the foreshore without one.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mudlark

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Not quite mudlarking I’m afraid but found this 1914 penny on a farm track in the middle of nowhere
Hello~ I have this object from the Thames and was wondering if anyone could tell me what it is and a time period?
Hi. How do I get a permit to mudlarking? Can I mudlarking outside traitors gate?
Why is there a law that you can't look around the tower of London?