Tudor coin hoard goes on display at Ludlow Museum

A Tudor coin hoard discovered in south Ludlow featuring Henry VIII and all his children is now on display at Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross.

The South Ludlow Hoard is now on display at Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross. Photo: British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme
The South Ludlow Hoard is now on display at Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross. Photo: British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme

The South Ludlow Hoard is now on display at Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross. Photo: British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme

The hoard was discovered on farmland by a group of metal detecting friends in 2015 and reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

After being declared treasure under the Treasure Act (1996), it was acquired by Shropshire Museum Service in 2018 with funding from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, Headley Trust, and Friends of Ludlow Museum.

The hoard consists of silver coins on a black background. The South Ludlow Hoard is now on display at Ludlow Museum at The Buttercross. The Hoards is owned by Shropshire Museums who are a service within Shropshire Council.

The hoard is relatively small in nature with 20 coins being recovered. The youngest (newest) coin dating 1561 early in Elizabeth I reign. Interestingly there are coins within the group of Henry VIII and all of his children; Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth I. This reflects the tumultuous effects of having four monarchs within 11 years.

There are also some very well-preserved shillings of Mary and her husband Philip of Spain showing them facing each other separated by a crown. The hoard has a face value of 14 shillings (or the equivalent of a labourer’s salary for around three weeks).

Peter Reavill, Finds Liaison officer, British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme, said:

“Hoards such as these are not uncommon and this example being found outside the historic town of Ludlow is evidence of its rich and powerful past.

“Ludlow was an important place in the 16th century, being a royal centre – Prince Arthur, 1st son of Henry VIII died in Ludlow castle in 1502. Such small caches as these are probably either purse losses, or possible secretly stashed money deliberately hidden and never recovered.”

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for leisure and culture, said:

“The display of the Ludlow Purse Hoard is another example of how the Portable Antiquities Scheme helps museums and metal detectorists to work together to record and preserve Shropshire’s heritage.

“We would like to thank the generous support of the Friends of Ludlow Museum and both the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and Headley Trust who have funded the acquisition of the hoard for Shropshire Museums.”

Lottie James, Chairman of the Friends of Ludlow Museum, said:

“I would like to thank the individuals who gave generously to enable the purchase of this hoard.”

Ludlow Museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week between 10 am and 4 pm and can be found in the Buttercross building at the top of Broad Street, Ludlow. Entry is just £1 for adults.

Supporting Shropshire Live...
Shropshire Live
Shropshire Live has been providing Shropshire with independent news and entertainment since 2009. Send us your news to interact@shropshirelive.com or call 01743 818 095. For advertising information call Fiona on 01743 816 817.
- Advertising -

Featured Articles

Proms & Prosecco in the Park at Chetwynd Deer Park returns this September

Proms & Prosecco in the Park at Chetwynd Deer Park returns for its third year on 14th September, with a fabulous combination of music, food and fizz for all the family to enjoy!

Aico Open Day to welcome local community and employees

Aico, the Market Leader in domestic Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms, will be relocating in October 2019 to a brand-new purpose-built three storey building in Oswestry.

Things to do this Summer in Shropshire

There is so much going on across Shropshire this Summer, here are some events and things to do to get you out and about across our county.

County lines drug dealers who cuckoo-ed a Ludlow house jailed

Two men from Birmingham have been jailed after they took over a property in Ludlow and used it to deal drugs from.

Man suffers significant injuries following assault in Shrewsbury

Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Shrewsbury last month.

Four national retailers agree new leases in Shrewsbury’s Darwin Shopping Centre

Four national retailers have reinforced their commitment to Shrewsbury by signing new long-term leases for their stores within the Darwin Shopping Centre.

Match Preview: Shrewsbury Town V Burton Albion

Shrewsbury Town will be looking to build momentum when they face Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion tomorrow afternoon.

Telford Tigers welcome return of James Smith

Telford Tigers have signed 25-year-old forward James Smith for the forthcoming season.

Shropshire’s cricketers beaten heavily by Cheshire in the Unicorns Championship

Three challenging days at Nantwich ended with Shropshire’s cricketers losing heavily to Cheshire in the Unicorns Championship.
- Advertising -

Shropshire lawyer voted as among best in country

A Shropshire lawyer has been voted one of the best in the country and won a place in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom guide.

Shropshire care company celebrates one year of live in care services

A Shropshire Care Company has been successfully offering live in care services for one year and has seen a 150% growth in the service.

BCR’s bumper cash boost to ‘hero’ hospice in its 30th anniversary year

Hospice officials have received a welcome cash boost from a Shrewsbury company behind a popular British-themed charity quiz.

Exciting new home for county artists

Artists and artisan crafters from across the county now have a new home thanks to the launch this week of a dedicated independent shop, Shrewsbury Arts and Crafts.

Team Derwen to take on Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon

A team of staff from Derwen College will be raising money for Derwen College Charity by taking part in the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon.

Alderford Lake to go quackers for local children’s hospice

Hope House Children’s Hospices are holding a Duck Race at Alderford Lake on Sunday 8 September at 1pm raising funds for the local charity.
- Advertising -

Bank holiday fun at Ironbridge Coracle Regatta

As part of the Festival of Imagination paddlers will be clambering into coracles on the River Severn in Ironbridge to compete in the annual regatta this bank holiday Monday.

Shrewsbury Steam Rally has something for all the family this bank holiday weekend

Shrewsbury Steam Rally takes place at Onslow Park this Sunday and bank holiday Monday with something for all the family to enjoy.

Festival of Imagination announces first confirmed events

The Ironbridge Gorge will be a fantastic fiesta of arts, crafts, culture, music, film, poetry, family-friendly events and food and drink when the Festival of Imagination kicks off this September.

Popular Ironbridge pub looks forward to new future

A popular Ironbridge pub has been given a promising new lease of life having been acquired by the same successful team behind the nearby White Hart.

Ludlow Farmshop celebrates Great Taste Award success

Ludlow Farmshop is celebrating after being awarded a number of Great Taste awards.

£285,000 investment breathes new life into The Lamb Inn, Edgmond

The Lamb Inn, situated in the village of Edgmond near Newport has reopened following a £285,000 investment.
- Advertisment -

Featured Articles


clear sky
13.3 ° C
15.6 °
10.6 °
93 %
4 %
23 °
26 °
25 °
20 °
14 °
- Advertisment -
- Advertisment -

Latest Articles

- Advertisment -