Medieval Finds from the River Thames Foreshore! Mudlarking with Old Father Thames 11.01.22

  • Publicado el 22 ene 2022
  • Hello Mudlarking Friends!
    We've got a bumper finds edition this week, with not one but two little metal medieval treasures, a rather religious number and much, much more.
    So, without further ado, let's get foraging on the foreshore!
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    English Tokens 1425 - 1672 (PDF Download):
    Surrey Whitewares LAMAS (PDF Download):
    Richard Hemery's brilliant pottery book - 'Identifying The Pottery of The Thames Foreshore':
    Portable Antiquities Scheme:
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Comentarios • 137

  • Christopher Cirillo
    Christopher Cirillo Hace 4 meses +3

    Thank you for bringing us another exciting video. The idea you find so much history, spanning so many centuries, in a single day, is impressively mind blowing. Love your videos and all the knowledge, research and thoughtfulness you include in each episode.

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 3 meses +1

      Thank you, Christopher. I do try my best to bring you guys interesting videos! 🌊 ⚓

  • Debbie Bonner
    Debbie Bonner Hace 4 meses +3

    What an awesome crop of finds today Marie Louise, your persistent larking and wave evading certainly paid off. Congratulations.

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 3 meses

      Thank you, Debbie! Sometimes you just have to get forensic with the foraging! 🌊 ⚓

  • Ms. Micheal Hodge
    Ms. Micheal Hodge Hace 4 meses +2

    22:57 Looks like part of a rosary. Love all the pins you found!🙂

  • Yvonne Wilson
    Yvonne Wilson Hace 4 meses +1

    Such precious treasures, so tiny and yet such vivid storytellers. Holding so much history in the palm of your hand must be utterly mind-blowing and I'll wager that feeling never gets old!

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 3 meses

      Hi Yvonne! You're right, it doesn't. I don't think I could ever tire of finding these incredible snapshots of history. 🌊 ⚓

  • Serge Horion
    Serge Horion Hace 4 meses +1

    Finding a cut quarter hammered coin by sight is amazing. Even a good metal detector would struggle to do it.

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses +1

      Thank you, Serge! It's a boon. My friend Mike (aka Cuffs) said that quarters don't often turn up on the Thames, so I feel extra lucky to have found it. 🌊 ⚓

  • Sue BT
    Sue BT Hace 4 meses +1

    Brilliant. It's nice to see real reactions to conditions when larking !! GL and HH

  • Ministry Of Home
    Ministry Of Home Hace 4 meses

    I love the small finds. The metal art work is incredible. That artist is so talented. What a wonderful haul today. Thank you for sharing your time and treasures found on the Thames with us. xo

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses +1

      Hello Ministry friend! Yeah, they really are something else. Love the aesthetic and materials used. I wonder if they do wish to remain anonymous or if that's just what we all assume. Maybe I'll find out one day! Hope you join me on my next adventure. 🌊 ⚓

  • Deborah Franklin
    Deborah Franklin Hace 4 meses +1

    I love watching you collect the pins, I think they are so beautiful too. Its love to be able to go to the Thames and find some some day x
    Oh i pick up lovely feathers too I use for my crafts xx

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 3 meses

      Glad to hear you are a fellow feather picker! Hopefully you'll get down to the Thames one day! 🌊 ⚓

  • Linda Klann
    Linda Klann Hace 4 meses

    What a beautiful day! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. So many precious finds! Well done 👍🏼 Cheers

  • Mary Wood
    Mary Wood Hace 4 meses

    Possibly my most favorite lark of the new year thus far! Excellent finds!


    Amazing finds was a pleasure to see finds appearing from the thames best Mudlarking videos

  • Vintage Dreams
    Vintage Dreams Hace 4 meses

    Marvelous hoard of coins there! Love the Thames Thank you xx Teresa ❤🇦🇺

  • Lovely Skull
    Lovely Skull Hace 4 meses

    Fantastic lark. Thank you for taking me along. I love the wig curler. Take care and cheers.

  • Martin Marsola
    Martin Marsola Hace 4 meses +1

    A nice mudlarking journey today. Always a great day with you.

  • Anne Goodwin
    Anne Goodwin Hace 4 meses

    So many great finds! Love the rosary fragment!

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses

      Hey Anne! Thank you! Yeah, I love that rosary fragment too. 🌊 ⚓

  • Tarra Sams
    Tarra Sams Hace 4 meses

    Hello👋 from New York USA you found some amazing finds my favorite was the Rosary medallion all the coins that you found and the bag seals those where amazing finds Thank you for bringing me along with you I can't wait to see what you find next 😀 😊

  • Becky Burrow
    Becky Burrow Hace 3 meses

    What an amazing place to spent time💝Such a fun experience thank you for sharing!🤗from🇺🇸

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 3 meses +1

      Hi Becky from the USA! Glad you could join me down on the foreshore. See you next time! 🌊 ⚓

  • Enduring Hope
    Enduring Hope Hace 4 meses +1

    Such a great lark!! I have to live larking vicariously through you!! :)
    Nothing like you have along the Thames here in the US.
    I, too, love birds! I had to laugh at the pink footed bird in this video! Adorable!
    Oh, I collect feathers, too! You should see my car...feathers tucked in around the headliner!
    Thanks for sharing your treasures and your joy!

    • Enduring Hope
      Enduring Hope Hace 4 meses

      @OLD FATHER THAMES We all have are special things!!
      Thank you for sharing!! 😃

    • Enduring Hope
      Enduring Hope Hace 4 meses

      @Yvonne Wilson That, I would love to see!!

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses

      I didn't know that, Yvonne! Thank you for teaching me/us! 🌊 ⚓

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses +1

      Haha, that's brilliant. You just reminded me of a mudlarking friend called Anna who recently showed us her car dash - it was bricks and animal skulls I think. 🌊 ⚓

    • Yvonne Wilson
      Yvonne Wilson Hace 4 meses +1

      @Enduring Hope It really is - they are such characters and very striking in appearance. And a whole flock of them in flight is an amazing spectacle too!

  • Barbara Catalano
    Barbara Catalano Hace 4 meses

    Great finds! I have seen that art on other channels but so briefly. Thank you for showing us. It is beautiful. Great video.

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 3 meses

      Thanks for watching, Barbara! I think quite a few people have shared it over on Instagram too. It's just so special, isn't it? 🌊 ⚓

  • Temper Hollow
    Temper Hollow Hace 4 meses

    It seems that the waves were working in your favour this time! Lovely finds.

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses +1

      Hey Temper H, yeah! I think they decided to give me a break, haha 🌊 ⚓

  • Pirjo Blues
    Pirjo Blues Hace 4 meses

    I enjoyed my rides on the Uber boats a lot during my visit last year, so never mind the waves they might bring new old finds. The pin is so pretty and the quarter coin. Lovely artwork on the wood pieces. I love the fog too. Have a Happy week!

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses +1

      A very upbeat way to think of it! I keep saying the Uber boats, but they're just the same old clippers with new branding/sponsor/owner/whatevs. Yes, gonna try my best to look kindly on them, and will think of your fun times clipping along the Thames! 🌊 ⚓

    SEASHORE MUDLARK Hace 4 meses

    I really luv the added reading material and knowledge u provide while running your videos.. 😉 happy hunting

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses +1

      Hey Seashore Mudder, thank you. So glad you appreciate that! I always like to share the resources and absolutely give credit! 🌊 ⚓

  • Bluenose
    Bluenose Hace 4 meses

    Great finds well done x

  • Mark Iglesias
    Mark Iglesias Hace 4 meses

    Cuteness overload 😉 and old metal, what's not to love? Nice one ⭐

  • Joanne Ash
    Joanne Ash Hace 4 meses

    Was absolutely awesome. Thanks for taking me along.

  • Okie Family
    Okie Family Hace 4 meses

    I’ve been blessed enough to be able to visit London twice in my life for a couple weeks at a time. One of my very favorite things to do was watch the people down on the Thames mud larking and then try to run into a couple of them at one of the local pubs while they were looking at their finds. I actually met chill bill once with my brother Mat doing it that way. If I’m ever there again I hope to be able to get a permit for the weekend or something so I can join y’all. The oldest stuff we find here in Oklahoma is from the 1870s. I’d give my right arm to find almost anything from one of your outings!

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 3 meses +1

      Hah! That's a good way to meet mudlarks, for sure. A post-lark pub session to looks at finds is always welcome, especially out east in one of the Dickensian (or earlier!) pubs. Nice that you met Chill Bill. I haven't had the pleasure yet, myself. Well, let us know if you're back our way! 🌊 ⚓

  • Susan Pye
    Susan Pye Hace 4 meses

    You found so much today I am so pleased for you thank you for a great video.

  • Pata Blanche
    Pata Blanche Hace un mes

    I very much appreciate your information. At first I believed every word out of a mudlarks mouth. I later realized not all the info was accurate. Thank you for the detail you provide. Lark on…

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 29 días

      Haha, thank you, Pata. Well, you know, sometimes we get things wrong, then have to revise our opinions. But yes, always, always good to double, triple and quadruple check!

  • Okie Family
    Okie Family Hace 4 meses

    Nicola White recommended your videos! These are great! Thanks for sharing all your cool finds!

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses

      Ahh, Nicola is the best, she's so kind for recommending! And a very good mudlarking pal. Thanks for watching! 🌊 ⚓

  • David Cox
    David Cox Hace 4 meses

    Beautiful finds.😍😍😍

  • Lisa Peters
    Lisa Peters Hace 4 meses

    Excellent video. Loved your finds. Thanks for sharing.

  • 80 Sunshine
    80 Sunshine Hace 4 meses

    Lovely tokens and coins. Really enjoyed seeing the fog. Immediately thought of Bleak House. Thanks for including that. AZ USA

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 3 meses

      Bleak House is one of my favourite Dickens stories! I've been re-reading all of Dickens during the pandemic. Thanks, as ever, for watching! 🌊 ⚓

  • whatsup channel
    whatsup channel Hace 4 meses

    Lovely finds , thanks for sharing x

  • Debra Brooks
    Debra Brooks Hace 4 meses

    Wow awesome to find the coins, and the history in such small objects! The rosary piece is such a treasure! Do you use a electrolysis to clean your coins and such?

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses

      Hi Debra, sometimes I do, yes. I haven't for a long while though. I get slightly nervy when it's time to whip the zapper out, haha. I can be a bit heavy handed at times! I also don't like to over-clean things, as its natural patina can be what makes or breaks a find. 🌊 ⚓


    " Not all tudor pins" thank god for people that know their stuff like you ; nice eclectic selection of finds . Looking forward to perhaps seeing an ethereal painting of London in the fog . Thanks again. Oh and yes the rosary part is lovely.


      @OLD FATHER THAMES yes ; cant remember where ; i think in one of your videos . I trained in Graphics so my ears pricked up when you said my painting and I remember thinking wow that is skilled and very cool . I like accuracy ; it makes everything so much more interesting.

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 3 meses +1

      Hah! Yeah...I don't mean any shade to anyone about the pins, it rolls off the tongue to say 'Tudor pins', but if we're gonna be accurate about things, it must be said. Ooh, ethereal fog painting - maybe, maybe. Have you seen my Thames at Greenwich painting? 🌊 ⚓

  • Karen Pelletier
    Karen Pelletier Hace 4 meses

    I was beginning to wonder if you were going to be able to find anything with all of the boat traffic and the big waves that kept chasing you up the beach. Nice finds of the hammered quarter and the tokens, in spite of the waves! Good eye!😉

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 3 meses

      Thanks Karen! It's not always so bad, just that particular spot when the tide is not low enough. Keeps me on my toes! 🌊 ⚓

  • mintkitten
    mintkitten Hace 4 meses

    Wonderful! That medal is surely part of a rosary

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses

      Hi Minty, yes indeed, it is! Sorry, I should have been more specific. This type of 'medallion' on the rosary is called the miracle medal. 🌊 ⚓

  • Hugo
    Hugo Hace 4 meses

    Brilliant as ever thanks so much!

  • Rubberbandshee
    Rubberbandshee Hace 4 meses

    Beautiful content, Thanks for Sharing. I worry about your poor fingers though all those old pins and sharp bits, yes I'm certain you are careful but in the cold how do you not get numb fingers. I'm in Northern Vermont USA it was -20 degrees F here yesterday morning at 4:00am guess my brain just cannot grasp it's clearly not so cold on your side of the Pond. Cheers!

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 3 meses +1

      Hey Rubberbandshee! Oh no, it's nowhere near as cold over here! I was saying to someone else that it's neither ever extremely hot or extremely cold here, yet we Brits love to have a little moan about the weather. I'll be careful with the pins and sharp bits! 🌊 ⚓

  • Chris Thompson
    Chris Thompson Hace 4 meses

    Awesome finds, thank you for sharing 👍👍👏👏💖💖

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses +1

      Thank YOU for watching, Chris! Much appreciated 🌊 ⚓

  • Brett Miller
    Brett Miller Hace 4 meses

    Some lovely finds amongst the visits of those pesky boats

  • Jude Irwin
    Jude Irwin Hace 3 meses

    No doubt you have covered this elsewhere, but would you mind explaining what the medieval tokens were for, who issued them, etc?

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 2 meses

      Hi Jude, yes, have covered it in a video previously. Short answer is they were used at times when small change was in short supply, but also, used as local currency. Medieval tokens particularly were used as receipt for goods or services, and, also in ecclesiastical context. Farm tokens were often given as payment which could then be exchanged for food and other goods.
      ps. I've got a video premiere at 7pm GMT this eve, and will be live chatting, if you're around. 🌊 ⚓

  • Peggy Reid
    Peggy Reid Hace 4 meses

    WOW is the word I use for this video. Finds from 1400's to the 1900's. Centuries of gifts from the Thames.
    Greetings from North Carolina U.S.A.

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses

      Thank you, Peggy! It was a very good day, I must admit! The time span is mind-blowing, isn't it? 🌊 ⚓

  • Tom Main
    Tom Main Hace 3 meses

    Brilliant video as usual, some cracking finds. That had to be Alan you met 🤣

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 3 meses +1

      Hey Tom! Hope you're keeping okay? Haha, yeah, it was Alan. If I'm not mistaken we've had that very same exchange a couple of times now. Very funny. Not seen you out for a while, hopefully you've been out a bit? Was a ridic cold one the other day - hands got wet, couldn't get dry, had to go home. The shame! It was a bumper finds week for everyone else, it seems! 🌊 ⚓

  • Middle Age Crazy
    Middle Age Crazy Hace 3 meses

    I just found your page. So interesting to find the piece of hammered. A Roman piece I would be freaking lol

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 3 meses +1

      Yeah, it's unusual for the Thames. Glad you found my channel, and happy to have you here! Keeping my fingers crossed for a Roman next time! 🌊 ⚓

  • Denise View
    Denise View Hace 3 meses

    Nice treasures. 😍

  • Catherine Williams
    Catherine Williams Hace 4 meses

    A fabulous collection of finds, Istill have some swans feathers I found on the Usk back in the late 60's I was always coming home with pockets full of nature and I still can't resist picking up feathers, cones etc. Wish I could find somewhere local to go mudlarking.

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 3 meses

      Hi Catherine! I'm the same with shells, stones, bits of this and that...lots of pressed flowers and so on. Can't resist! I'm sure there must be some non-tidal rivers near you that you could have a look about in. There's a river-searching woman called Jane who finds fantastic things. Totally different bag to mudlarking. She's 'My Ordinary Treasure' on instagram >> 🌊 ⚓

  • Stephen Tebbutt
    Stephen Tebbutt Hace 4 meses

    Hi some great finds, London looks so great in fog. Love to know what your music is at the start of your video. XX

    • Stephen Tebbutt
      Stephen Tebbutt Hace 3 meses

      @OLD FATHER THAMES Thank you so much for your reply and the information 😊 Stephen xx

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 3 meses

      Hi Stephen! Thanks for asking! The music at the beginning of the my videos, and during my videos, in fact, is an artist called John Moore. He has a new album coming out soon, you can check his work out at 🌊 ⚓

  • Janet Ponton
    Janet Ponton Hace 3 meses

    Loved the video thank you x

  • Terri Atwell
    Terri Atwell Hace 4 meses

    Lots of treasures!

  • Yvonne
    Yvonne Hace 4 meses

    You have an impressive eye.. Thames gal. Very cool finds, old, old, awesome. That pylon art was impressive, someone is most talented👍did ya find enuf coins for a ☕ coffee😉what an atmosphere to hunt in fog. Thanks from the Michigander 😻

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 3 meses

      Thanks Michigander friend! You know what, I think I had enough coins for some penny chews, but it defo wouldn't stretch to a coffee! Tough times! 🌊 ⚓

  • Appalachian Mama
    Appalachian Mama Hace 4 meses

    See a penny, pick it up, and all the day you'll have good luck. (My mama taught me that), looks like it worked for you! 😊

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses +1

      One of my fave rhymes! The pennies were on my side this time! 🌊 ⚓

  • Pat Withers
    Pat Withers Hace 4 meses

    Love from the old lady in Texas may God bless you❤ always

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses

      Hey Texan Pat! Thank you for watching, and blessings right back at you, too! 🌊 ⚓

  • Kevin Dyer ( Medway Mammalian Mudlark )

    Wow , that was quite a haul ! Well saved =o)

    • Kevin Dyer ( Medway Mammalian Mudlark )
      Kevin Dyer ( Medway Mammalian Mudlark ) Hace 4 meses

      @OLD FATHER THAMES Hi x I havn't been up much lately , but going today . Fingers crossed for a day as good as yours =o)

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses +1

      Hey Kevin! Good to see you here! Thanks, was a lucky day, I guess! Have you been out much? 🌊 ⚓

  • James Williams
    James Williams Hace 4 meses +1

    I think you found a little river leprechaun's coin hoard. He's going to be upset when he finds it missing. :)

  • Jimmy Malone
    Jimmy Malone Hace 4 meses

    I enjoy your videos good Luck and Happy Day

  • Robert Evans
    Robert Evans Hace 4 meses

    Imagine taking all of the pins you collect and making a hedgehog out of them, using a piece of scrap leather for the body and some beads for eyes.

    • Kenneth Stickney
      Kenneth Stickney Hace 2 meses


      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 3 meses +1

      That's a very good idea, Robert. I know that a number of mudlarking friends make very interesting displays for their pins. I would love to make an old sweetheart pin cushion, like the ones sailors made before going away to sea. 🌊 ⚓

  • Zbigniew.
    Zbigniew. Hace 4 meses

    Greetings 🇵🇱

  • Stuart Palmer
    Stuart Palmer Hace 4 meses

    Hi beautiful hru nice lark once again watch out for werewolves in the foggy streets of London "warren zevon" Stuart Palmer Adelaide Sth Australia

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses

      Haha! Awooooo! Incidentally, we've been listening to that song a lot in the last few weeks in our household! Funny eh! 🌊 ⚓

  • Kane Brown
    Kane Brown Hace 4 meses

    I'm thinking I seen an hammered below the cows tooth ! Am I wrong ?

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses

      You nearly gave me a heart attack, Kane! Just had a look, and I am glad to say you are, on this occasion, incorrect. Phew.

  • Straight outta Hopton
    Straight outta Hopton Hace 4 meses

    Going try the pins in the back of the gloves thing, should stop me wiping my nose on the back of my hand.

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses

      Either that, or you'll get a free piercing! Good luck! 🌊 ⚓

  • Theoobovril
    Theoobovril Hace 4 meses

    Nice, you had a fruitful day.

  • Evita Vangrava
    Evita Vangrava Hace 4 meses +1

    22:00 Part of Catholic rosary.

  • Christine Doerr
    Christine Doerr Hace 4 meses

    London Fog living up to it's name ;)

    • Christine Doerr
      Christine Doerr Hace 4 meses

      @OLD FATHER THAMES living vicariously... through your larking, not the fog. Got plenty of that in my area ;)

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses +1

      Hey Christine, yeah, was a super bit of fog. LOVE a downcast, foggy London day. 🌊 ⚓

  • Apache Angel
    Apache Angel Hace 4 meses

    Thanks for the video.. (here to support you)

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    Agnieszka b Hace 4 meses


  • SueB
    SueB Hace 4 meses

    You are my most favorite ml tk u. I live in south africa and I can't afford ure patreon fee. Our exchange rate is nearly 19 to one

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses

      Hey Sue! Thanks for your lovely comments. Sorry to hear that you're excluded because of exchange rate etc. If it's any consolation, I do give the most I can for free, here, on Instagram/TikTok/my website, so you're not missing out on too much. On Patreon I offer extra content for people that are able to give that direct support - like a 'pay if and what you can', and in return you get extra things. Maybe if you look at it that way, it won't feel so prohibitive. I really appreciate you watching over here. All best wishes to you! 🌊 ⚓

  • Polly g
    Polly g Hace 4 meses

    it might be an idea to buy a selfie stick or something similar, its photography 101 that when talking to a camera it should be the angle and distance you would talk to a person, as when you hold a camera inches from your face it makes many watching feel uncomfortable as if your in their personal space, this isn't my opinion its taught in every film class[though its not so bad as you have an attractive face] ps i thought i see 1850 hand scratched on last find?

      OLD FATHER THAMES  Hace 4 meses

      Hi Polly, yes, I know what you're saying and appreciate your comment. The issue I've had recently is to do with microphones (ongoing battle) so I've been tending to get up in the face of the camera, as it were. Excuse my extreme close up in the next video and I'll be giving my self that little extra bit of distance in the future. Good tip! ps thanks for the kind comment. The 1850 you thought you saw on the last find - do you mean the rosary fragment? That has 1830 on it. It was the year that the iconography was approved for use. 🌊 ⚓