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The Hartford Hoard

Hoard of 1,108 silver groats from the reigns of Edward IV, Henry VI, Richard III and Henry VII, and double patards of Charles the Bold, deposited circa 1505, from Hartford, Huntingdonshire. Discovered in 1964 and now in the British Museum 

The map shows Hartford Road now Main Street and Church Lane as the main roads in Hartford in 1926.“Hartford Bypass” now known as Longstaff Way was not built until 1964.Two Huntingdon council workers were digging the new road when they discovered a hoard of over eleven hundred silver coins dating back to the 15th century. An inquest was held and it was found that the coins were treasure trove. The coins included Groats, half Groats, pennies, half pennies and French coins covering the reigns of Henry VI, Edward IV, Richard III and Henry VII. The Richard III coins were of particular interest as there were few in existence as he reigned for only 2 years.

The latest date in the collection was 1503. The collection had been contained in two earthenware pots. The pots had been placed in a hole one on top of the other with a wide necked one at the bottom. The pots had been reconstructed and it appeared that leather had been placed over the lower pot which had been squashed by the pot on top.

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Hartford Artefacts in the Norris Museum St Ives

Hartford Artefacts in the Norris Museum St Ives

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Paleolithic – Maddy’s Pit
Maddy’s Pit was situated on the East side of Sapley Lane. Frederic Maddy of Glebe Farm, Hartford recorded 1926-36. A group of six flake tools of grey flint, white flint, brown flint; a side scraper of brown flint and an attractive flake of slightly pattinated grey flint

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Paleolithic – Allens Pit 
Allens Pit was situated on the west side of Sapley Lane. A group of three flake tools of grey flint, brown flint and yellow flint.

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Axehead

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Flake tools.
A group of three. The flakes have been carefully chipped along the edges so they can be used for scraping

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Iron Age
 Shard of brown ware with row of fingernail impressions; handmade

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Bronze Age - Arrow Head
 Tanged arrow head of black flint, vestigial barbs, point briken off. Length 3.2 cms

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Bronze Age - Axehead 
Flanged bronze axehead with stop ridge and remains of loop. Length 14.1 cms 

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Bronze Age Spike
Square sectioned bone spike. Length 12.5 cms

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Bronze Age -Axehead
Ground axe head of grey stone with expended edge suggesting a metal prototype. Length 14.2 cms and width 7.2 cms

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Iron Age

 Shard of brown ware with row of fingernail impressions; handmade

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Bronze Age - Arrow Head

 Tanged arrow head of black flint, vestigial barbs, point briken off. Length 3.2 cms

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Bronze Age - Axehead

Flanged bronze axehead with stop ridge and remains of loop. Length 14.1 cms

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Bronze Age

Square sectioned bone spike. Length 12.5 cms

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Bronze Age -Axehead

Ground axe head of grey stone with expended edge suggesting a metal prototype. Length 14.2 cms and width 7.2 cms

 Church Plate of All Saints 

Church plate is a collective term for objects made of precious metals.
.The Rev. E. G. Alderson deposited the items not in constant use, in 1932, for safe keeping in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. They can be viewed by prior arrangement.

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COMMUNION CUP
Description Silver; the deep bowl has an
everted rim over slightly sloping cylindrical sides and a flat bottom. It stands on a spool shaped stem with moulded girdle. The circular foot is stepped and slightly dished. The bowl is inscribed “Hertford in Com : Huntingdon”.
Period late 17th Century,William III and Mary II  1689 - 1690


Silver Plated Flagon - base
On the base is an inscription
To the Honour of God
And in memory of
Reginald Charles Coleridge
This Flagon was presented to
Hartford Parish Church
By his friends
Many of whom were his comrades
In the Church Lad’s Brigade
And the Boy Scouts
He went to his rest on the
15 April 1912
his body went down into the deep
with the wreck of the SS Titanic
and now sleeps in the hope
until the Sea shall
give up Her dead

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PATEN
Maker John Rowe
 Mid 18th Century George II 1749-1750  
Description Silver; circular with flat surface and slightly dishes sides and a wide border with a moulded rim;
 standing on a spool-shaped foot
with flat base. The surface of the paten is engraved with the Sacred Monogram
 “HIS” and cross and nails within a sun in splendour.
Underneath, round the rim, is inscribed “The Gift of John Walter Gent : for the use of the Church of Harford in the County of Huntingdon 1748”

CRUET
Style Gothic Revival

Description 1907 Silver gilt and matted; the cruet has a baluster body and sparrow’s beak spout,and stands on a stepped circular spreading foot. A border at the top of the body is engraved with a Gothic pattern of leaves, beneath which the body is fluted and divided into four panels by applied straps decorated with punched circles and a rope edge. The foot stands on a pierced gallery beneath an applied rope border. The slightly domed hinge cover is surmounted by a cross rising from a ring of trefoils. The handle is formed from a rope edged circle within a a scroll, the area between being filled with a pierced grill of Gothic design.

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Hartford Village Hall
16 Main St, Hartford,
Huntingdon PE29 1YS

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 info@hartfordconservation.org.uk

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Peter Gibbins 01480 412398
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