Find Spot record BOY 094 - Bronze Age gold torc, Glebe Field

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Summary

Gold torc (single bar flanged loop with reversed, plain terminals) with two composite gold rings (not ring-money) attached (one lost), found in a loam pit, one and a half miles from the sea, in January 1835. Formerly recorded as BOY MISC

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 37 47 (1000m by 1000m) (Approximate)
Map sheet TM34NE
Civil Parish BOYTON, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

Gold torc (single bar flanged loop with reversed, plain terminals) with two composite gold rings (not ring-money) attached (one lost), found in a loam pit, one and a half miles from the sea, in January 1835. Middle Bronze Age (`Ornament Horizon' inspired). In British Museum, replica in Ipswich Museum according to (S1)(S2), but denied in 2008 (S8).
BA gold torc found at Boyton, was believed by Basil Brown to be sited in a pit on Dock Farm, (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s) approximately. A sketch map in the archive records this as "believed site of find" (S3).
Said to have been found in loam pit embedded in the soil 12ft below the surface (S4)(R1).
According to (S6) found `in opening a new loam pit in the Glebe field, about 200 yards at the back of the Parsonage House, at the depth of 12 feet from the surface... It was found in solid loam....' The Rectory (Parsonage House?) located at TM 3730 4715 with the church, road & access to the S, suggesting the `loam pit' was between (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s). Note: pits are shown on the 1:2500 1904 OS map at (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s)(in Capel St Andrew parish to N) and at (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s) and on the OS 1st edition map `sand- pits' are marked at (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s). None of these pits (Capel St Andrew tithe not checked though) are on Glebe land. The only Glebe land within Boyton and less than 300m from the Rectory surrounds the rectory and church and is mostly well within the cited 200 yards. The only Glebe location (in 1843) about 200 yards away from the rectory is around (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s) (S7) and there is a marked (N facing) slope indicated on the map with hacheres at (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s) within a small wooded (in 1880s) sub-triangular plot on the edge of the Glebe land which may (?) be the location of a fomer pit. This site lies to the W of (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s). The depth of the find may suggest it was found cutting into the side of a slope in the pit rather than being dug down directly from the land surface. Needs rechecking on tithe map! It could be argued that 'the back of the Parsonage house was either to to N (ie opposite the Victorian front) or to the W (opposite the present front and Victorian farm building frontage and to the rear of the formal garden).

Formerly recorded as BOY MISC

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <R1> (No record type): Archaeol 26, 1836, 471.
  • <S1> Museum Record Card: Ipswich Museum. IPSMG card. IPSMG, card 965-74, 1965.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: copy Archaeol 26, 1836, 471.
  • <S2> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TM34NE13.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Brown B, XI, 4b; XCVI, 152,154; XCVIII, 85.
  • <S4> Bibliographic reference: 1911. VCH Suffolk 1. 269, 266 (ill).
  • <S5> (No record type): Taylor J J, BA Goldwork of the BI, 1980, 57 & 62, pl 39.
  • <S6> (No record type): Ipswich Journal, 24 January 1835, 3, (col 1).
  • <S7> Map: 1843. Boyton Tithe Map. Boyton tithe, 1843, SRO, FDA 33/A1/1b.
  • <S8> Bibliographic reference: Email. Stoddart A to Pendleton C, 11 May 2008.

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Record last edited

Feb 27 2018 5:30PM

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