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Herefordshire woman keeps digging up treasure in her garden

Since moving into an old farmhouse Jan Long has unearthed hundreds of antiques worth thousands of pounds from under her lawn, flower beds and vegetable patch.

Retired Jan, 57, first hit a stash of hundreds of Victorian bottles at her new home near near Ledbury, Herefordshire.

And she raked in more relics every time she moved a bush or put in a plant. Jan's most recent discovery was a stash of coins, including Victorian pennies, an Austrian crown dated 1780 and a King crown from 1935. the diamond ring and watch alone could be worth several hundred pounds each.

But Jan is more interested in the stories behind her finds.
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It was only when we came here that I decided to give gardening a go. When I was digging I hit something hard. I couldn't believe my eyes when I realised it was a Victorian bottle bank.

That was the start. Nearly every time I'm in the garden I make a find. The monetary value is not that important to me. It is more the tales which can be woven around each item that I find fascinating.

For example, did a jilted lover throw away her engagement ring?
Dr Jamie Pringle of Keele University, Staffs, said the items may have just been thrown out over the centuries before rubbish collections.

But he added: "I've not heard of a find as weird as this before. I would make a grid like an archaeological dig and excavate the lot."

VEGGIE PATCH TREASURES

Solid gold Victorian watch
Walnut box with collar studs
Gold ring with diamonds
Edwardian chainmail bag
Gold child's bangle
Ebony carved locket
Two china plates
Royal Masonic medals
50 Victorian bottles 120 Roman and Victorian coins
Austrian crown dated 1780
1837 Canadian bank token
Plough from 1890
Late Victorian wool shawl
WW1 era five-bar gate
1950s brooch
Victorian cutlery
Antique black lacquered box

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By netchicken: posted on 24-5-2009








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