My first evening mudlark - I was quite excited. As I trotted down the road conscious that most other people were winding down, sorting out their evening meal before settling down to Sunday telly, quietly preparing for the working week ahead.
Grey clouds crowded the sky. It was surprisingly gloomy not quite the midsummer mudlark I'd envisaged. As I descended the steps I was rewarded with a huge stretch of exposed shore with two hours still to go before low tide.
I saw Lara's silhouette down the shore and made my way over for our arranged mudlarking meet. It was fun to share stories and great to have some Lara mudlarking tips.
It was such a productive trip that I can't decide which is my find of the day, so I'll start off with my top four. The first is Lara's favourite, a roman or medieval tile with a small hoof print, not sure if it's a piglet, lamb or kid. After tiles were cut out and shaped they were laid out to dry before firing, which is when a few collected prints from mice, dogs or livestock.
|Mudlarking Find: Roman or Medieval Tile with hoof print|
|Mudlarking Find: Bellamine face 1550- 1700|
|Bartmann Jug 1551 - 1700 (Museum of London)|
|Mudlarking finds: Mystery tooth & wild boar tusk.|
|Mudlarking Find: Lead Cloth Seal 1200- 1800s.|
As ever a handful of pottery made its way into my bag. These are my favourite pieces, from left to right clockwise, hand painted tea bowl, early transferred pearlware, flow blue and green transferware. The whole lot probably spans from around 1760 - 1900s.
|Mudlarking Finds: pottery shards.|