NEW DATE Bedstone nr Bucknell Event – Saturday 24th March – 30 Acres Of freshly cultivated Land

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Due to the recent snow this event has now been moved to Saturday 24th March. Please all re register if you wish to attend. Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience caused.

The 20 acres that will be detected on the 28th of March is now 30 acres. The additional 10 acres has not been detected as of yet . Due to it being already planted by the May camping weekend it is available now . But that still leaves us with 370 acres to detect . 200 of which is undetected.

This event will be held in Bucknell on 20 acres of freshly cultivated land that was lightly searched on our previous visit here.


Please note there will be NO catering at this event.


The previous finds from this farm were 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.

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Bedstone nr Bucknell Saturday 24th March


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Registration closes at 23-03-2018 16:00

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    Ian shepherd


    Hi Joanne I am coming in 4×4 have not seen a register for 4×4 so have registered above thanks ian

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      Joanne Boyce


      Hi Ian, due to limited spaces on this one there will be plenty of parking for everyone so there isnt a 4×4 list. Thanks

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    Hi I’m booked on for this dig as new member when or where do I get my membership card many thanks

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      Joanne Boyce


      Hi Ashley welcome to LGD, your membership card will be available for you to collect on the day. Thanks

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    Hi, I will have my husband to walk with me but he is not detecting. Also do I need to have some insurance to attend this event? I am new in detecting. Thank you

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      Joanne Boyce


      Hi Lucia, thats fine, we request that you carry NCMD insurance, its around £8 for the year. Thanks

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    Hi unfortunately due to my foot going bad will be unable to attend the event. Hopefully will be at the Glastonbury event in April, keep up the good work. Rob

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