Winterton North Lincolnshire Event – CANCELLED

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Sorry but this event is cancelled. We have had no choice but to cancel this event due to finding out that this land has actually had the Stockport club on it a couple of times aswell as other detectorists. Sorry for any inconvenience caused but for this reason we are not prepared to take your cash and put you on land that has been searched before by another club. We are currently in talks with farmers in that area to see if we can arrange new land so please keep your eye on the events for any updates. 


This event will be held on 60 acres of ploughed and stubble land. The 60 acres are in 3 x 20 acres blocks spread around the village so this will involve moving from field to field throughout the day organised by admin.

This is the first visit with this farmer that has more land available after harvest. He has advised us that he has had a lone detectorist visit some of this land and has informed us that a Roman bowl (please see pic below) and Roman coins was found on one of the stubble fields that you will have available on the day.


winterton bowl


Winterton-On-Sea is an ancient village with one of the earliest recordings being in the Domesday book of 1086.

Historically, the main activities in the village were split between fishing and farming but it was the former in which Winterton-On-Sea men excelled.

As well as longshore fishing the village men of the 1800’s saw salvage work as a lucrative business. Known as ‘Beachmen’ they would look out for ships in distress and thus would begin a race to reach the stricken vessel and retrieve the cargo before rival beachmen from nearby villages such as Happisburgh and Caister.

In October 1968, during road-widening works on the A1077, workers found a massive stone coffincontaining a skeleton later identified as being that of a young woman aged between 20 and 25 years of age, who stood 5’3″ (1.6 m) tall. She was of high status, as evidenced by the high quality of the coffin made from a single block of limestone and she was also found to be laid on a sheet of lead. Down the hill from this spot are the remains of one of the Winterton Roman villas, which is famous for its mosaic pavements where it is most likely she lived.[2]

Both Winterton and neighbouring Winteringham seem to contain mention of Winter or Wintra, the first of the kings of Lindsey with any pretence to an historical basis (after the mythological Woden). The position of the two settlements on the south bank of the Humber, close to the point where the main Roman road from the south reaches the river, may be significant, as it is the obvious point from where the settlement of Lindsey is likely to have originated.

Winterton, a small town 5 miles north of Scunthorpe, in north Lincolnshire, are the oblong-shaped earthworks of what would have been the quite opulent 2nd century Winterton Roman Villa, one of two in this area. The Romans called the Humber river Abus Fuvius. In the town of Winterton itself, to the east of North Street, is the site of another Roman villa, or a 4th century Romano-British farmstead, and few miles to the east of the town is the course of the Roman road running north from Lindum (Lincoln) to Eboracum (York) via a ferry across the river to the (civitus) Roman capital of Brough (Petvaria) on the opposite bank of the estuary. The area around Winterton was home to a Roman tile-cum-pottery manufacturing site and also an early mineral extraction site that processed iron-ore.

The villa appears to have been built in three seperate stages at different times from the early to middle 2nd century AD up until the mid 4th century AD (the Romano-British period), each newer (ancillary) building being linked via a corridor (aisle) with the most recent part of the villa at it’s western-side measuring roughly 110 by 40 feet with interior dry-stone walls and double rows of roof support posts at 8 feet apart. There was a limestone floor with two large mosaics and a water channel or gulley running beneath that with a hypercaust (underfloor heating system), and some interesting wall paintings. During excavations pottery sherds from the 2nd century AD were found under the mosaic floor. Two stone round houses also stood in the grounds of the villa.

The eastern side of the villa had been, in more recent times, demolished to make way for road widening and, during this road widening in 1968 some 4th century Bronze-workings were found. Workmen also came across a stone coffin with lead lining at the bottom. This contained the skeleton of a  woman in her early 20s who may have lived at the villa in Roman times, although a more recent date, perhaps of the Anglo-Saxon or Viking ages, has been given to her?

When archaeological excavations took place between 1958-1967 ‘broadperiod’ pottery sherds from the 2nd century were excavated; also fragments of  mosaics, a statue, parts of the hypercaust heating system and a number of other antiquities from the villa site as well as finds from the surrounding area, all of which are now on display in the North Lincolnshire Museum, formerly the Scunthorpe Museum, on Oswald Road in the town.

Just to the east of North Street (the B1207) road in Winterton are the scant earthworks of what is probably another Roman villa, or a Romano-British farmstead-cum-settlement, according to some, from the 4th century AD? This site was discovered in 1953.



Please note: We expect all finds to be shown for photographing, all items considered treasure for the finder to provide identification and a contact number. Whilst it is not our responsibility to report items of treasure found on our digs, we will advise the finder to do so and expect confirmation it has been done. And finds of this nature not reported will result in the finders details being passed to the relevant authority.

The event will start at 9am after a short briefing so please arrive between 8am and 8.45am. Digging finishes at 4.30pm. 

There will be no catering at this event so please bring food and refreshments with you.

If you can no longer attend after registering for the event please UN REGISTER, failure to do so can result in you being blocked from all future LGD events.

Non paid members £20
Paid members with a membership card £15
Under 16s free (no need to register)

Winterton Saturday 25th November


Registration opens at 31-10-2017 11:52

Registration closes at 24-11-2017 18:00

Max Participants: 60

Registration is currently closed.


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    Coming plus a friend no option to register or does he have to register ?

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