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Past Investigations

Investigation Invitation
 

If you have a mystery or field that you would like us to investigate please contact us: fielddetectives@talktalk.net

Long Clawson, Leicestershire

The Mill Farm Historic Landscape Study - 2017-2024

On Thursday 6th June 2024, The Field Detectives concluded the Mill Farm Historic Landscape Study with a cake-topped presentation to Anthony and Caroline Thomas. The study took seven years to complete and you can read all about it here.

At the heart of the study was the Shilcock Family, who lived and worked at the mill from the early 19th century to the 1960s.

Their story can be found here

What started out as landscape investigation, evolved into a special relationship that can be described as a real treasure of amazing memories. If you would like to view The Mill Farm Historic Landscape Study Appendices, please contact The Field Detectives at fielddetectives@talktalk.net or via our contact page to register your interest and we will send the reports via WeTransfer.

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The Owl's Nest
Keyworth, Nottinghamshire 1999-2013

In 1999 we were invited by the landowner of Wheatcroft Farm, to investigate one of their fields (Owl's Nest) which was reputedly the site of an old farm building or cottage of which no obvious trace remained.

 

The surprise of the investigation was the abundance of Romano-British findings very close to the Bunny/Keywoth parish boundary, indicating that there was considerable activity in the fields between Keyworth and Bunny throughout the Romano-British era. The finding of two Corieltauvi gold staters, a Corieltauvi silver unit, and a Celtic belt slider suggests activity before Roman times.

A field survey report was produced detailing our findings.

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Lings Lane
Keyworth, Nottinghamshire 2002-2003

 

In May 2002, we were asked by the Keyworth & District Local History Society, to carry out a couple of field surveys on pasture land just off Lings Lane, Keyworth, in an attempt to throw light on the suggestion that Keyworth village once extended down towards a field named, Motley Close.

Two field survey reports were produced detailing our findings

Bunny Park Grounds 2015-2018

 

In May 2015, the University of Nottingham very kindly offered us the opportunity to extend our field surveys into the Bunny Park grounds (the former home of the Parkyns family) and this preliminary report is a detailed record of our initial survey of the said grounds. 

 

In August 2018, the Field Detectives resumed their investigation of the historic landscape we now know as the Bunny Hall Park Grounds. The initial survey assessment confirmed human activity across the Romano-British, Anglo-Saxon/Scandinavian & Medieval periods, along with an emerging English Civil War story relating to the house arrest of Colonel Isham Parkyns.

There is also a sad truth that needs to be told, one that hinges on the selfish search for treasure and the theft of historically important artefacts that will, in all probability, never be recovered. Eleven years of illegal nighthawking presented the Field Detectives with their toughest challenge to date; ‘could we deduce what the nighthawks took away from what they left behind?’ Our strategy was to systematically survey each field as a set of individual investigations and bring together a volume of evidence that we will interrogate in partnership with our heritage colleagues.

 

Unfortunately, due to the current and future concerns in respect of the security arrangements for the grounds, and after lengthy discussion and reflection, we have decided to end the investigation.

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Goadby Marwood, Leicestershire, and the
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In an effort to gain further understanding of the extent and nature of the Roman settlement at Goadby Marwood, the Field Detectives were invited by the landowner to carry out a historic landscape investigation on the grounds of Goadby Marwood Hall in 2017.

 

It would appear, with a few notable exceptions, the artefacts found during our visits to the Goadby Marwood Hall originated from the wealth of material being either lost, dropped, or possibly even deliberately deposited in the watercourse that formed the basis of the current lakes and ponds, hidden from view or detection for nearly 2000 years.

 

The Eli Coy Collection tells an important part of that story.

A free download of the Ely Coy collection report is available here

The Stathern Moulde Cachers 2023

 

On Friday, 18 October 2019, The Field Detectives began a historic landscape investigation involving the examination of a field that once featured a wooden post mill. It was our introduction to the Leicestershire village of Stathern and the unsolved mystery surrounding the location of the hall that belonged to the regicide, Colonel Francis Hacker.

 

During this initial phase of our investigation, we came across three priceless sources of information: The Churchwarden’s Accounts for Stathern, Volumes I and II, and The Accounts of the Constables of the village of Stathern. Captured within these 17th-century time capsules are references to people, their circumstances and their trades. Among the bell ropes, church window lead, the church clock, the gloriously named Easter Rose, and the doorkeeper, emerged a most fascinating character; The Moulde Cacher.

Available on Amazon here

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