Bethersden, Ashford Kent – Sunday 11th February – 180 acres

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This event will be held on Sunday 11th February on 180 acres of pasture.

Parking is limited due to the weather so please only register 1 person per vehicle, comment under registration with usernames of people that will be travelling with you.

There will also be catering at this event thanks to Nigel @ Foodie Doodies.


Bethersden is a village and civil parish five miles (8 km) west of Ashford, Kent.

The village has two public houses – The Bull and The George. It has a beautiful church (St Margaret’s), built in the early 15th century, and a Baptist church (Union Chapel).

Bethersden was formerly well known for producing Bethersden Marble and was a centre of the Kentish wool trade. Lovelace Place in Bethersden was the birthplace of 17th-century poet Richard Lovelace.

Several successful businesses have operated from the village: Stevenson Brothers, who produce high-quality handmade rocking horses; W & D Cole, who make iron gates and railings; and the former Colt Houses, who sold prefabricated timber homes.

The Bethersden Parish Records Society holds the original parish register, maps, books, photographs and other records relating to the village.


Ashford’s importance as an agricultural and market town grew in the 13th century, and in 1243, King Henry III granted the town a charter to hold a market for livestock. The pottery industry expanded in the 13th and 14th centuries, with the main works based at what is now Potter’s Corner, a few miles west of the town center. Later evidence from examining waste suggests that production was on a large scale. The Kent Archaeological society have discovered sandy ware at this location dating from around 1125 – 1250.

Jack Cade, who led the Cade’s Rebellion against corrupt Royal officials in 1450, is believed to be from Ashford. In William Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part 2, Cade is shown conversing with “Dick, the Butcher from Ashford”.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, Ashford became known for nonconformism. A local resident, John Brown, was executed for heresy in 1511, and may have inspired the later namesake of the song “John Brown’s Body”. Thomas Smythe acquired the manor of Ashford as dowry from Queen Elizabeth I in the mid-16th century, and is buried in the parish church.

Dr John Wallis, the internationally recognised mathematician and one of Isaac Newton’s main tutors was born in Ashford in 1616, but moved to Tenterden in 1625 to avoid the plague. He was a promising student, and subsequently graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge.


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. Parking will be on in the farm yard.

There will be catering at this event thanks to Nigel @ Foodie Doodies.

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)

Bethersden Kent Sunday 11th February


Please only register 1 person for each vehicle, add a comment with the usernames of the people travelling with you. This is to help enable us to ensure that we have sufficient parking as it becomes restricted at this time of year. Thanks

Registration opens at 31-12-2017 22:05

Registration closes at 11-02-2018 18:00

Max Participants: 100

Registered Users:

  1. ColinAlexander
  2. Jonno7777777
  3. PaulyD
  4. Graham
  5. [email protected]
  6. grahamg
  7. Rafal76
  8. Donnjon
  9. Guyah
  10. Montyn
  11. Blacktaz1963
  12. Bulkk
  13. Susie
  14. royplomer
  15. Charnjust1981
  16. Alan88
  17. sweetjustice
  18. Sammy
  19. Fishbowl
  20. chunkybutt
  21. tigertank
  22. Keith
  23. BIGM
  24. FlorinB
  25. mickledo
  26. Ctx3030kev
  27. R1neil
  28. Minster
  29. Martincodling
  30. Bargepole
  31. Wendy6766
  32. Maarten
  33. Junior
  34. athelstan
  35. PaulW
  36. Kizza87
  37. alanmair
  38. Jason69
  39. Stephenskinner
  40. phil2401
  41. Dave8472
  42. geraint
  43. rick61
  44. Chp555
  45. Darren1982
  46. mkw2592
  47. RB47
  48. MarkKiff
  49. Davidalexander
  50. Ade1066
  51. DaveElliott
  52. Bargeman
  53. andymorris2004
  54. offaandy
  55. soniyadav90025
  56. JonHann
  57. [email protected]
  58. Viminal
  59. Paulcox1967
  60. Xpdeus
  61. tristramhouse
  62. Sawbridge
  63. martinstuart
  64. Hallie2012
  65. Clanmandan
  66. Yowser123
  67. DarrenB69
  68. TonyThira
  69. sxsi
  70. Geoffhamblin
  71. Joh42hod
  72. 01legodigger
  73. Leewhite
  74. SuffolkHunter
  75. mungogerry99
  76. Oliver1234
  77. Toffy86
  78. aka4ajax
  79. PAINY
  80. medievalman
  81. Squire
  82. Philjones
  83. TonyJones
  84. digitup
  85. Biddy

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  1. Profile photo of Justindryden



    Hiya,ive registered my name but i have 3 friends who would like to come along aswell but i know they are “out out” tonight and will miss this! Could i reseve a spot for them and they will be in contact tomorrow? Graham,steve,and brad :)
    Hqppy new year
    Regards justin.

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    Laura will be traveling with me, she’s having trouble registering at the moment though. She’s just requested a password reset

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    Mick Moylan


    Mickledo- I’ll have 2 others in the vehicle

    Cheers and have a Happy New Year

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    Graham Anderson


    Hi Joanne, I am travelling with ‘Guyah’ who has registered my username is ‘Gander’. Thank you and HNY.

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    Paul Wheal


    Hi Joanne

    Can I add a +1 digger in my car please, its my son Chris, his username is Wheal, my username is PaulW number 39 on list.


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    Hi Joanne number 23 tigertank will be taking number 22 loaderboi101 and number 40 sparkey .

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    andrew morris


    I would like to bring 2 guests please. . Gary Reardon and Stephen Newman. Please confirm if this is ok. Thank you

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    Hi Joanne

    I will be bringing Tinhat and Securis to this event so they don’t need to be registered separately.

    I am registered as JonHann no 67.

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    Hi just registered for this event Hallie2012 I will be bring clan man dan Ollie1234 in my car if ok

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    Sorry about other 2 comments phone kept messing up. There will be 4 of us in my car usernames are: Hallie 2012, Oliver1234, Toffy86 and Clan Man Dan. Hope this is all ok and look forward to see you there. Thanks

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    Neil Peacock


    Hi Joanne, It will be me and Nathan (11 year old) attending, in our car and not the mobile village we brought last year….lol

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    Graham bull


    hi ive registerd for the dig and so have a couple of my mates so can they be taken off the list as we are going in one car thankyou driver painy, to take off geebee,sully,beardebrad.thankyou..

  13. Profile photo of sxsi



    Hello, I’ll be bringing member ‘cuffs’ with me in my car, please add him. Thanks

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    Paul hills


    Sorry Joanne I’ve had to unregister for this event. I’ve got an inconsiderate sister who’s booked a 50th birthday party. Also means the boys won’t be coming. Sorry

  15. Profile photo of sxsi



    Hi. Is this ploughed land? Can you tell us a bit about the conditions if possible please? Thanks

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