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One man's hunt for history
1:20pm Sunday 20th October 2013 in News
A METAL detecting enthusiast has been unearthing history in Atherton and Tyldesley.
James Hunt started to discover lost artefacts in the fields around Atherton, where he lives, several years ago and has collected all manner of items since.
His love of local history and mining led James to gain permission to search a few nearby fields.
He said: “When I started detecting the fields in all weathers, the mining artefacts started popping up but for every medal found, I dug up thousands of bits of junk.”
His finds include an 1897 pewter medallion that depicts St John the Baptist Parish Church in Atherton and commemorates 60 years of Queen Victoria’s reign.
James said: “The monetary value doesn’t come into it for me; many miners didn’t generally have anything valuable on them so I don’t have that problem.
“I have displayed the Atherton miners finds at Atherton Parish Church open day and have even volunteered to hand them in to the Wigan museum but nobody was interested.”
Other finds include a late 19th century lead-alloy ‘penny toy’ whistle in the form of a steam locomotive and a military badge from the Battle of Howe Bridge in 1881.
James said: “Apart from the Atherton badges, I have to say my favourite one was when I found a St Christopher silver badge which had the words ‘protect us on our journey’ written around the edge.
“This was found on the day I found out my mother had a serious illness. I handed the medal to her and it gave her great comfort until she passed away.”
He now wants to help people find their lost jewellery for free.
To contact James, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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