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500-Year-Old Bronze Disc Is Found In Field (Henry Stafford?)
IC Surrey Online ^ | 7-3-2007 | Mark Davison

Posted on 07/04/2007 1:45:36 PM PDT by blam

500-year-old bronze disc is found in field

Jul 3 2007

By Mark Davison

A HORSE harness decoration thought to have belonged to a lord of the manor at Bletchingley more than 500 years ago has been unearthed in a field.

Chris Andre, a member of the Reigate-based Weald and Downland Metal Detecting Club, handed the artefact to an archaeological expert for identification.

David Williams, Surrey County Council's finds liaison officer, has revealed that the small circular bronze disc may have been a personal belonging of Henry Stafford, who held the manor of Bletchingley in the late 15th century, or one of his retinue.

Specialists at the British Museum studied the style of the lettering of the initials "HB" on the decoration and said that they were of the type used between the 1470s and about 1510.

Henry Stafford was the second Duke of Buckingham and was heavily involved in the War of the Roses.

He was executed by Richard III in 1483 and is referred to in Shakespeare's play about the king.

Mr Williams believes that Henry never personally came to Bletchingley.

Henry was born in 1454 and died aged 29.

He played a major role in the rise and fall of Richard III.

He is also one of the primary suspects in the disappearance - and presumed murder - of the Princes in the Tower.

The Duke was related to the royal family of England in many ways.

It is said he was "his own cousin many times over", but his connections were all through daughters of younger sons.

It is claimed that at one stage he came within striking distance of the crown.

Some historians apparently claim the duke's deliberate plotting to seize the throne started as early as the reign of Edward IV.

The manor house of Bletchingley was Bletchingley Place.

The earls of Stafford held the manor since 1346.

Humphrey Stafford, who died in 1460, visited the village occasionally, said Mr Williams.

He was succeeded by his grandson, Henry, the second Duke of Buckingham.

Mr Andre, the finder of the decoration, lives in Sutton and is one of the detecting club's newest members.

Today's Place Farm House dates back to the 18th century.

It was formed out of the 16th century gatehouse of Bletchingley Place and its 17th century barn, which, when standing, comprised the manor.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bronze; disc; field; uk

1 posted on 07/04/2007 1:45:38 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

God only knows what you could find with a metal detector in the parts of the world like this that have been long-settled. This is a likely kind of find, considering the prominent role of horses in harness back then.

2 posted on 07/04/2007 1:49:50 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Implement the FairTax and be free and prosperous, or stick with the's up to you...)
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To: blam
'I played with that when I was a kid.'
3 posted on 07/04/2007 1:50:32 PM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: blam

Give it back, it’s MINE!!

4 posted on 07/04/2007 1:56:48 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Er, I didnt know it was yours. Here ya go:

(eBay here I come)

5 posted on 07/04/2007 2:27:38 PM PDT by lowbridge (If You’re Gonna Burn Our Flag, Wrap Yourself in It First /No Oil for Pacifists)
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6 posted on 07/04/2007 2:51:56 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: Westlander

What the hell is wrong with you? That just wasn’t right!

7 posted on 07/04/2007 10:13:01 PM PDT by Duck Fan
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