TWO medieval brooches, found by metal detectorists on sites in south Warwickshire, have been declared treasure trove by the county coroner Sean McGovern.
A silver annular brooch was discovered in the Stratford area by Philip Woodward, on land co-owned by Mr R. Rowe, on December 16 last year. And Michael Evans came across a gold brooch, on land owned by Brian Tarmey, at Wootton Wawen on April 5.
Both discoveries were reported to the British Museum, where the brooches were examined by an expert who confirmed that they qualified as treasure.
Brief inquests into the finds took place at Leamington Town Hall last Friday. (September 18) The coroner said the items would be sold and the proceeds distributed between the finders and land owners but, he added: “I am not involved in that.”
The exact locations of the discoveries have not been disclosed for security reasons.
?In July, Mr McGovern decided that a hoard of 1,141 silver Denarii coins, in an ancient pot found on farm land in the Stratford area by Warwick metal detectorist Keith Bennett almost exactly a year earlier, was treasure trove.