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25/11/2013 at 20:20

My current garden has only been a garden for about 40 years, before that it was an orchard, before that it was sheep pasture and before that it was the terminal moraine of an ice age glacier.

Other gardens I've had have been created by gardeners long before I came, and some have left things behind by the earlier gardeners and their families - amongst the objects I've dug up have been several stems and bowls of old clay pipes, some of them beautifully decorated.  I've found old coins, war medals, earthenware ink bottles, Arts & Crafts decorative tiles and a broken Bellarmine jug.

Have you found buried treasure that's given you a glimpse of the life of your garden's previous gardeners?

KEF
25/11/2013 at 20:32

Haven't found any treasure but keep finding bits of old blue & white pottery. Think maybe founders liked breaking crockery during fun night outside.

25/11/2013 at 20:38

I found a roof.  Seriously. Our Victorian house was renovated by cowboy builders who decided to bury the entire old roof instead of paying for proper removal.  As soon as I started digging I discovered the horrible, asbestos-laden truth.  Suffice it to say it was the financial reverse of finding buried treasure 

25/11/2013 at 20:46

I discovered in Spring the bulbs the previous owner left, which was nice. 

On the flip side, I also discovered the rubble and whole paving slabs buried in the bed I was enlarging.  I also have a buried pond that I have to discover in the middle of the lawn (I know the pond is there, but also know the work involved in excavating it )

I do realise that this is not as bad as Macavity's find though. . . . 

25/11/2013 at 20:46

Just remembered,though, on a more positive note... As I was digging out the footings for my new pond which is a lot nearer the house than the roof fiasco, I found an old handmade footpath that had been lovingly constructed a century ago out of thousands of tiny mortared pebbles but had somehow been buried and turfed over.  It was such a lovely discovery that I changed my design plan to incorporate it.

25/11/2013 at 20:50

We are told that ours and some of the neighbours gardens are built over an air raid shelter. Not sure if its still there under the tree roots (! ?) or just 'on the site of' where it would have been.

25/11/2013 at 20:51

Macavity - that really is Buried Treasure - how lovely 

25/11/2013 at 21:06

Can't say my back garden has such a history. It's a terraced house, built around 1920 or shortly after.

It had a garage base covering a third until I called in for skips and dug it up. You would not believe what people used as hard core, I found the weights from old window frames, tiles from old fire surrounds and half expected to dig up the iron frame from a four poster bed. Worms still push tiles up to the surface.

 There was a place though,in a wood nearby,where my brother's, when we were children would dig up bottles with marbles in and clay pipes, there was probably other stuff they dug up but I remember these because they would sell them to a local shop.

There are treasures round these parts though, I remember an old pub being demolished to make room for new inner city buildings, the site turned into an archological dig for months.

25/11/2013 at 21:10

In my own garden, I have found only some animal bones and a mysterious long rusty wire that is stuck to something somewhere. I pull it every time I dig part of it out but have no idea what it is?

Much more interesting, my sister found an old Anderson shelter in her garden. The shelter was built on top of the old coal cellar which no one knew existed. It still had coal in it mixed with old Victorian scraps - the whole thing now makes a good garden shed for them.

25/11/2013 at 21:26

I've actually buried treasure rather than uncover it!  Somewhere in the mortar used to build a circular raised bed is a gold ring which I didn't notice was missing until it was rather too late.  Luckily the OH wasn't too upset and bought me another.

25/11/2013 at 21:27

We have removed over 30 tons of 'treasure' from this garden over the last 18 years and still we find stuff being pushed up by the moles.

So how about an old push chair type pram (sans enfant), upright and buried in rubbish. Never did find the original ground level in that bit.

Best find is an old stone pig trough.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/Berghill/trough/041.jpg

 

And a path made of field stones.

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/Owdboggy/August%20Garden%202013/August2013garden068.jpg

 

 

25/11/2013 at 21:28

We found enormous lumps of flat concrete, they were manoeuvred into position as steps and bank retainer. There were old hand-made bricks, they made the summerhouse. 

The plastic fertilizer sacks and the rustier pieces of metal are bagged up and disposed of along with the bottles, shoes and carpets

25/11/2013 at 21:38

blair, a bit off topic but a house we moved to when I was a child had an old stove with little ovens in, in the basement where presumably meals were prepared, it wasn't a huge house but those who owned it when built must have had people making meals for them because who cooks in the basement! 

My father at the time wanted to rip it out and convert the basement into something else. He did but boarded the stove up. Stepmother now lives there, no doubt someone in the future will uncover a real treasure when she goes to the final resting place in the sky ...

25/11/2013 at 21:46

There used to be a farmhouse at the top of what is now my garden. The pigstys were under the oak tree. The farm lane ran from the main road up to the farm. I had no idea of this until I started to dig out flower beds from the lawn. I stuck the spade in 3 inches and it went clunk.The farm lane is still there. I dig up half bricks, and lumps of rock all the time. In drought, you can see the outline of the old lane. Also I dig up what I presume to be some sort of drainage channel made of terracotta, or is it a roof capping tile?, and old milk bottles.

25/11/2013 at 21:59

 We built our house in the corner of a 30 acre field. before that there were many small fields here. Our site corresponds to a small field of .6 of an acre. In it I have found many animal bones presumably pigs as the farmers used keep and kill pigs. I also dug up steel points from wooden framed harrows and other bits of horse drawn agricultural equiptment. No treasures but lots of stones which we used for lland drainage.There is also an underground manmade drain at the bottom of the garden which dates back to the middle of the 19th century. It was a great source of water during this years drought.

26/11/2013 at 07:54

Not 'treasure' but an old dinky toy bubble car - I wonder how long they were searching for that.  Old pieces of china and clay pipes.  Chickens eggs carefully buried by a fox I expect. 

26/11/2013 at 07:59
26/11/2013 at 08:51

I found this 1562 Queen Elizabeth l coin in my garden a couple of years ago:

 

 

 

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/P1120004.jpg

 

 

 

26/11/2013 at 08:53
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/P1120002.jpg

 

 Sorry, had problems getting pics of both sides of the coin in one post.

26/11/2013 at 09:35

Wow that's great David - do you know what coin it is? (shilling, groat etc)

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