Mudlarking by the Thames

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On Sunday I went mudlarking by the Thames in London – oh happy me!

It was a glorious sunny day spent with 30 other lovely larkers – I can highly recommend it.

See more photos and a link to Thames Explorer Walks on my Beach Clean Art blog – here.

This is what I managed to collect and bring home on the train in a full backpack that weighed 16lbs.

What is it about beach-combing – Β I am supremely happy and relaxed whilst collecting, and the next best bit is washing and arranging all the pieces. I’d happily spend all day arranging, sorting and rearranging all these little artefacts all connected to human activity Β over hundreds of years.

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35 responses to “Mudlarking by the Thames

  1. What a haul! I like the arrangement you have created.

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  2. Wow. What a collection. So rich and full of history. I love the beauty of everyday objects.

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  3. That is such a wonderful display, Sandra – what larks indeed!

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  4. We have not been to Yerranderie, our digging is in the goldfields of Victoria around Bendigo and Ballarat

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  5. Great collection Sandra. I can’t see the gold Roman coins , did you hide them? We used to dig in old mine pits on the goldfields for C19th bottles.

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    • The Archaeologist said she had been gathering bits from the Thames for 2 years and had only two small pieces of Roman pottery to show for it. You have to get a permit to dig. Thinking of old mine pits – have you ever been to Yerranderie in the Blue Mountains near Sydney? http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/historic-buildings-places/yerranderie-private-town
      I was there in 1994 on a day tour, and fell in love with it. The guy who was running it then was from UK (Devon) and when he saw my delight in the artefacts piled in one of the houses he invited me to stay there and sort and record and help him set up a museum – one of my ‘if only’ moments – how I would have loved to do that!!!! But I had 3 children I had to get back to in Blighty …….. hey ho!

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  6. I can only imagine the excitement as you found more and more treasure! Let’s add that to our list of things to do together…beachcombing!
    Oh, and what an extraordinary display you’ve created there Sandra.

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  7. I had no idea this was allowed. What happens when you find gold coins. Sandra? Hello Sandra!

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  8. He-he! Thanks to BBC’s Antiques Roadshow extras, I know what mudlarking is, and am so glad you had a day with like-minded souls. Well done you!

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  9. That’s a lot of weight to carry! You’ve got some fab treasures though. 😊

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  10. Sounds like a wonderful day was had by all and you got some treasures too!
    Can’t wait to see how you use them Daffy :-)_

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  11. This is so cool! I’ve never heard the term mudlarking before but I know about beach combing and I can’t resist sea glass. You found such interesting things, and so many of them!

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    • Thank you Kerry. I’m going to have to be more selective next time I go – and take a bag with wheels! I was amazed how much there was to pick up. Some of the glass was quite modern and without the frosty look of sea-glass but I still couldn’t resist it.

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  12. Blimey, that’s a lot of rubbish/treasure – are those clay pipes minus the bowls? Sounds like a fun day out with like-minded people.

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  13. 16lbs! Wow! Well done – a great collection beautifully arranged πŸ™‚

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