As we’re at the end of the season, we thought it might be good to invite the Swansea Metal Detectorists group to come and ‘do their thing’ on the club field and find all the old shoes and other detritus lost on the field in preparation for our winter maintenance programme. It’s not often they get a ‘virgin’ site so they were particularly keen and arrived in force with over 40 members keen to give us a good going over. I thought they mainly would find horseshoes and a few assorted items but I was absolutely staggered at what they did uncover.
Top find of the day has to be the Henry VIII silver coin found in the middle of the main ring, followed closely by a silver 5 Reichmark coin from the year the club was founded. Otherwise they found plenty of modern coins that have dropped out of people’s pockets, big lumps of metal that were once part of fences and obviously horseshoes. The oddest thing found all day was a hand-brace, it’s a bit like a hand drill but unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of it.
But can you guess what they found most of? You’ll be quite surprised! A bottle of gin at the Riding Club dinner to the person with the first correct answer.