Bedstone nr Bucknell Camping Weekend – Friday 25th May – Sunday 27th May – 400 acres

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This camping weekend is open to FULL PAID LGD MEMBERS ONLY and will be held on 400 acres of grazed pasture of which 200 acres has been lightly detected by Lets go Digging on a day event on Sunday 7th January 2018.

You are welcome to arrive from midday on Friday 25th where there will be a field for detecting for the days arrivals. Departure is to be before midday on Monday 28th. Non detecting partners and children will be welcome at a cost of £5 per adult for the weekend and children under 16 are free of charge wether detecting or not.

*This year we are going to introduce a family / quiet camping area. On arrival if you would prefer to be away from the marquees and the general hustle and bustle just let us know and we will be happy to give you a space in a designated quiet area*

Day visitors welcome from 9am – 4.30pm Saturday and 9am – 4.30pm Sunday FULL PAID LGD MEMBERS ONLY you must bring your membership card with you to gain entry to the event.

There will be hot catering by Foodie Doodie’s for the whole weekend, breakfast, dinner and tea. There will be toilets, LGD Marquees, bingo (Saturday evening), with evening entertainment by live singer Darren Jones after the bingo, a token hunt on Sunday, Pete will be there with a Leisure promotions stall and a Deus raffle with lots of other prizes up for grabs.

Caravans, camper vans and tents are all welcome. Dogs are welcome but MUST BE KEPT ON A LEAD AT ALL TIMES as the farmer has live stock on the farm along with his own dogs.

The previous finds from this event are a gold half guinea, an axe head around 20 hammered coins, brooches, a ring, lots of milled silvers, a crown & bullheads, Victorian coins, a pierced Jetton, roman grots and some wonderful artefacts. We had a massive 200 acres and only 84 detectorists. They had over 20 fields to choose from so some of them only have a couple of people in at each time.

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The settlement of Bucknell was first mentioned in the Domesday Book, as ‘Buckehale’ or ‘Buckenhill. At the time of the Domesday survey, the Shropshire and Herefordshireboundary divided the village. The Norman magnate Roger de Montgomery held the village from the King. He built many castles including Montgomery, Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Clun, Hopton and Oswestry; at the time over 90 per cent of the lordships and manors of Shropshire were held in Chief by him. His under-tenants in this area were Ralph de Mortimer, who held Bucknell (amongst his 123 manors with his chief domain in England being at Wigmore Castle), and William de Picot, (also known as Picot de Say), with his chief domain at Clun Castle.

The earth mound at The Olde Farm in Bucknell is the remains of a Norman motte castle situated on the banks of the River Redlake, close to a river crossing point and to the Parish Church. In 1554–55 an Act of Parliament was passed transferring the whole of Bucknell to the county of Shropshire. The Lords of the Manor at that time were the Sitwell family.

Historically, most of the male population worked in agriculture and timber.


A popular misconception is that the Romans called the village Branogenium. Branogenium in fact refers to a Roman fort roughly ¼ of a mile south of the village. The Roman name for Leintwardine was actually Bravonium. The High Street in Leintwardine is on the same line as the Roman road known (to the English) as Watling Street. (The modern-day street in the village named Watling Street runs to the east of the original Watling Street, roughly on the alignment of the eastern edge of the Roman settlement.)

The name Bravonium, as it appears in the Antonine Itinerary (Iter XII), is derived from the Celtic word for quern. This suggests that there was either a hill or rock formation here that looked like a quern, or that there were quern quarries nearby. In the Upper Silurian series, the Leintwardine beds outcrop in the area and these consist of a calcareous sandstone which would have been suitable for making querns of a finer grade than could be obtained from Millstone grit, which was commonly used. Querns of this calcareous sandstone have been found at Viroconium.

Herefordshire historian Duncan Brown has argued that Leintwardine performed the role of a trading post and outpost early in the Roman conquest of Britain. It is commonly accepted that a mansio was constructed in Leintwardine. The archaeological excavations at the W. & C.A. Griffiths site prior to the construction of a modern warehouse in the early 1990s discovered Roman baths, which further points to Leintwardine being a “travel lodge” of Roman Britain.

The construction of a rampart in around 170 AD (ranging up to two metres tall), and still visible in places around Leintwardine, is thought by local historians to be the result of one of two events. The argument currently in retreat is that following a local uprising the Romans evicted all locals and constructed a rampart and palisade. The preferred line is that the ramparts were built following widespread local unrest to protect the mansio and the baths, which serviced Roman cavalry forts to the north, south and north-west. There exists a Roman praetorium/principia one mile southwest of Leintwardine atop Brandon Hill, believed to have contained a storage depot, regimental HQ, latrines and cookhouse. Aerial photographs as early at the middle 1950s showed circular crop marks within the confines of the hill fort. Much of the site’s earthworks still exist and Brandon Hill remains an impressive sight.

Roman forts also existed nearby to Leintwardine at Jay Lane and Buckton.

Graves dug in Leintwardine’s church, St Mary Magdalene, to a depth of 8 ft show a clear strata level of broken pottery sherds and charcoal, evidence of burning. This is in line with the historical thought that Roman Leintwardine burnt down much like the nearby Roman towns of Magnis, (Kenchester) and Ariconium (Weston-under-Penyard).


Leintwardine is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as “Lenteurde”, and was recorded as being a large settlement for its time. Its name is apparently derived from the Celtic name for the River Teme – formerly known as the Lent which means simply ‘torrent, stream’ – coupled with the Old English word ‘enclosure’, later replaced by wording ‘enclosed settlement’. The modern name therefore means ‘the enclosed settlement on the River Lent’.

Leintwardine Church, photographed in the 1910s by Percy Benzie Abery

Leintwardine was a hundred at the time of Domesday Book, which was regarded as a Shropshire hundred and which spanned north into present-day Shropshire (along the vicinity of the Roman road towards Wroxeter) as well as south into present-day Herefordshire. This hundred did not survive long after Domesday, and the village and other places in the hundred’s southern half later in medieval times formed part of the new Herefordshire hundred of Wigmore, whilst by the end of the 12th century the northern half had become parts of the new Shropshire hundreds of Purslow and (to a lesser degree) Munslow.

Roger Mortimer, the Earl of March, paramour of Edward II’s Queen Isabella and usurper of the young Edward III’s kingship, founded a collegiate chantry at Leintwardine and built the Mortimer Chapel at the church of St Mary Magdalene, now known as the Lady Chapel, where prayers could be said for the souls of his family. It was to the chapel that in September and November 1353 Edward III made pilgrimages, laying a cloth of gold at the feet of the statue of the Virgin Mary on the occasion of his September visit.


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.

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.

Bedstone Camping



Friday 25th May - Monday 28th May

£50 per detectorist

£5 per adult non detecting

Children under 16 free

Registration opens at 09-01-2018 19:23

Registration closes at 23-05-2018 18:00

Max Participants: 200

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Bedstone Saturday Only



Saturday 26th May £15 per person and Children under 16 free

Registration opens at 09-01-2018 19:26

Registration closes at 23-05-2018 18:00

Max Participants: 50

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Bedstone Sunday Only



Sunday 27th May £15 per person and Children under 16 free

Registration opens at 09-01-2018 19:28

Registration closes at 23-05-2018 18:00

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    Luke pearce


    Hi.. think I just paid up to become a member but didn’t get to the confirmation bit before it took me back to Hear!! I have now registered to the camping in Redstone but can you confirm my payment please?? Thanx. Username.. Hawkeye

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