The Mayor’s first metal detecting rally in April in Heywood, Lancashire was a resounding success. Not only was the weather perfect, but we were able to raise £530 for the mayors charities. The mayor and her assistants were on site during the entire event, and were gobsmacked at the support, not realising the interest in the subject.
We were also able to welcome the Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester Finds Liason Officer – Vanessa Oakden.
The 35 acres alongside the M62 in Greater Manchester gleaned some good finds. Find of the day being Stephen Astell’s middle bronze age axe head. Jim Barnes of Tempus discovered a roman coin, and Andy Powers found a fantastic preserved hobnailed childs shoe. Assorted Medieval and civil war period pot legs were also discovered as well as musket balls. General coinage from the past several hundred years was also found.
Unfortuately there was also a lot of debris on the site. Significantly large metal pieces which are in keeping with aircraft parts, 2 Avro Shackleton’s collided above the site in the 1940’s.
The Axe head has now been added to the Portable Antiquities Scheme Website –
On behalf of the Mayor of Rochdale – Carol Wardle and Tempus Metal detecting and archaeology, Thank you to everybody who attended and the various companies able to offer prizes and promotion for their support.
We are currently in the process of organising another rally in Cheshire, with funds raised being offered to a local museum for their move to a new historical premises.