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Pea gravel I would associate with river tumbled stuff, extracted from massive gravel pits along the Trent flood plain,like at Attenborough. Bulwell,Mansfield woodhouse, quarry lane at Mansfield, and Hardwick have a yellowish sandstone rock. Forest town to the east of Mansfield, was mainly farming area, now housing,further east is clipstone,ollerton,which was coal mining. 

So the mystery continues.

hi dove

what an interesting thread, i have enjoyed reading of all the finds.

i am in the middle of town and have found rusty old door locks, 

gate bolts, hinges,nails and horses teeth!



Ah, but obviously to the gravel enthusiast there is no such thing as 'just gravel' any' more than there are 'just sweet peas' 

I find geology fascinating 


Sorry, it just dragged up memories of geography circa 1970, when we were marched to the outcrop at the top of ravensdale hill, and the different layers in the sandstone were explained.



Isn't it amazing what we can drag up from back then, although we'd forgotten it by the time we'd started our homework, and it's all we can do to remember where we left the car keys now!

That's real buried treasure!!! 

Woodgreen wonderboy

My house is 15 years old and was built with 12 others on the site of a  very large derelict wholesale nursery, overall about 12 acres. It was a complete mess with loads of broken glass. Unfortunately the builder made a complete "cods" of clearing and cleaning the site. Altho' the various authorities approved the works to do this, I had to shame the builder to come back and clean up the large amounts of glass that still lay everywhere. It took another 2 years in total and must have cost them a fortune. I literally stood over them while they did it to make sure they didn't cut any more corners. Now when I garden I rarely find more than the odd piece. So I don't expect to find anything of any real interest, but that is a small price to pay for peace of mind on the glazing front.


My thoughts of Elizabethan coin went straight to Hardwick.old Bess would have been the only source of much silver at the time. Quarries have dumps with all the waste in, being recycled now, odd small bits as gravel?


We live in a Regency house in Cheltenham, It used to have a 2 acre pleasure garden, kitchen gardens, piggery, stables etc .  Parts still remain, but sadly most of it is built on now. the only stuff I've dug up is a cinder path, the remains of an out house and lots of ginger bottles and broken crockery.

Whoever has my garden when I leave will be warned that there are 2 dogs and a cat buried under the lawn, although we have 2 dogs now, so may well be 4 dogs by then!!!


I dug up a hamster in a box in my MIL's garden and reburied in a more discreet corner.

flowering rose

my garden use to have a duck pond at the bottom(use to be a farm around the corner)and we have found clay pipes and bottles and broken tiles and of course over the years lost toys that were my childrens.We also have a under ground spring and a covererd  well .

I unearthed a beautiful Victorian water pump at my old allotment - apparently the water table is only a few feet down and before water was piped to the site, the old gardeners dug their own wells to provide water. The pump is now a great feature in my patio garden!

When our road was properly made up a few years ago, in a pile of earth at the roadside, I found several dozen Georgian/Victorian bottles, some quite valuable. It was apparently the site of a pond,opposite a long-gone pub, and people supposedly used to throw their pots,pans, and bottles into the pond!  It was a lovely reminder of days long gone.





I have recently unearthed more of the grey council slabs in my garden all set about 3 inches down, some large chunks of flint & a large patch of ballast kindly left behind by the 1960's builders.

Reminds me of the discovery I made when I moved into my previous house,thirty years ago.

Digging the back garden ready to lay a new lawn, when I struck gold!.......or more correctly,a complete Cannon gas cooker!

The effort required to dig a hole nearly six feet deep defies belief - the Council would have taken it away for a fiver!


The mind boggle!!!  

Maybe he'd dug the hole because he didn't like his wife's cooking, but he chickened out and instead of burying her in it he put the cooker in there 


Great thread Dove! We found extension rubble in the old pond, which we then had to dig out! It took my poor hubbie a month of weekends to do, wading through black muck etc. We wanted to turn it into a raised bed so ended up having to dig a hole into reinforced concrete!!! Still, its a lovely salad bed now!

We have also found old bricks as the village is built on an old brickworks site.

Macavity - I think your story takes some beating though!!

Pentillie - an old oven! Gosh, that must have taken some digging!