A tale of two hoards

Shapwick Hoard bronze age coin moulds


The Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership’s Community Heritage Officer Tanya Camberwell recently attend a fascinating talk at the Edington and District History Group (EDHG). The talk given by group members, titled “A Tale of Two Hoards”, was about the accuracy of historical records relating to Bronze Age finds from the Chilton and Edington areas and the Iron Age Polden Hill hoard.

Patsy Atkins opened the evening with her presentation about Mid Bronze Age finds recovered from Chilton and Edington turbaries during the 1830’s. These items belonged to a 19th Century local historian William Stradling. His writing provides the basis of our modern day knowledge.

The second presentation was given by Agnes Auld. Agnes talked about her research into the Iron Age Polden Hill Hoard. This is held at the British Museum. Once again current records are based on early accounts. These records were not documented with the thoroughness and accuracy that is today’s standard.

Both presentations highlighted the possible inaccuracy of historical documentation and brought into question the locations, dates and totality of the finds. It also highlighted the importance of local historians and their connections with their communities to help untangle misinformation and arrive at a more accurate record.

Do you have any finds or information?

The history group and South West Heritage Trust’s Museum Service are always seeking information and evidence about existing and new archaeological finds. There is also a national initiative called the Portable Antiquities Scheme which encourages the voluntary recording of archaeological finds by members of the public. The scheme identifies and records finds for free. The information is then added to their national database which can be viewed online.

Roman clay coin moulds

Stephen Minnitt, the Trust’s Head of Museums, made an appeal to the EDHG members for information about Roman clay coin moulds found in the peat at Chilton Polden in 1835. Nothing is known about the exact sites where these moulds were found. Also it is likely that other moulds have been discovered after this date. Stephen is requesting that anyone with further information about these, or any other Roman clay coin moulds, be passed on to him at the Taunton County Museum.


If you have any information regarding the Roman clay coin moulds or you know of any others please contact Stephen at

If you have found any archaeological items or require further information about the Portable Antiquities Scheme please visit their website

For more information about the Edington and District History Group please visit their website

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