Little Thetford .org

Information & History of Little Thetford

Browsing Posts published by John McCullough

Flag of the United Kingdom

Flag of the United Kingdom

To celebrate the “Diamond Jubilee” of Queen Elizabeth II, Little Thetford will hold a “Picnic in the Field“. We are looking for ideas and helpers. Please come along to the meeting on Wednesday 21 March at the Social Club lounge at 8.15pm.

Unless signalling distress, the Union Jack should be flown the correct way up. The Wikipedia article Union Flag tells us “The broad portion of the white cross of St Andrew should be above the red band of St Patrick (and the thin white portion below) in the upper hoist canton (the corner at the top nearest to the flag-pole), giving the Scottish symbol precedence over the Irish symbol. This is expressed by the phrases wide white top and broad side up”.

Comments …

Bronze-Age sky wheel

Bronze-Age sky wheel

Phillip Randall of Barway showed us some more of his local finds recently. On the right we have a Bronze-Age sky wheel or Celtic sun cross perhaps used as part of pre-Christian sun worship or a symbol of a simple time-keeping instrument.

Below we show two views of one of Philips large stone maces. Found by the site of the Bronze-Age Barway to Little Thetford causeway, this mace may even have been used in the construction of said causeway. Who knows?



Large stone mace, front view

Large stone mace, front view

Large stone mace, side view

Large stone mace, side view



A selection of Randall's finds

A selection of Randall's finds

Phillip Randall of Barway showed us some of his Barway finds recently. On the left is a deer antler net tool and the rest of the artefacts are flint hand axes.

Comments

A selection of Fletchers finds

A selection of Fletchers finds


Dave Fletcher of Little Thetford showed us some more of his finds recently. At the top is a deer antler tool with a beaker pottery sherd underneath it. There are three flint scrapers and underneath those seven arrow heads.

Comments

The latest village newsletter is now online. If you’re in the village – a printed copy should have already come through your door.

Dave Fletcher recently found two Roman objects in Little Thetford, a quern-stone and a spindle-whorl. See photographs. The quern is made from grey lava. Similar ones are noted in the Portable Antiquities Scheme as find number SF-82B87 and Bill Wyman in Suffolk. In his 2005 book Treasure Island – Britain’s History Uncovered Wyman records a Roman quern find whilst ‘field walking’ near his home in Suffolk (page VI). Quern stones were used for grinding wheat. A whorl was used for spinning.

Click to see images and make comments

These photos from Phillip Randall show Little Thetford in the early 1900’s from or close to Barway.

Little Thetford ferry

Little Thetford ferry c. 1906
from Phillip Randall

Little Thetford pumping mill

Little Thetford pumping mill c. 1906
from Phillip Randall

In the ferry image, Naomi Randall and Alfred Dewsberry are in the boat; Mahala and Arthur Dewsberry are on the bank. Note how wide the river was and the pumping station with chimney.

Read more or comment

Short-eared Owl

Comments off

Short-eared owl from Dario Sanchez

Short-eared owl. 2011 Dario Sanchez

There have been various sightings of a Short-eared Owl in the village by Gill and Paul Norman and John Parish. We now have three owls in the village: Little Owl, Barn Owl and Short-eared Owl.

St George's Church

St George's Church (Clive Hayward)

Edited highlights of the Friends of Little Thetford’s St George’s Church 2011 flower festival video.

View or download the video from here …

Photographs & video produced by Clive Hayward. If you do download the full video, consider offering a donation to the Friends of St George’s Church. Otherwise contact us to purchase a copy of the DVD.

Villager finds

Comments off
Amber brooch about 1 inch across. Victorian or older?

Amber brooch about 1 inch across. Victorian or older?

A Little Thetford villager has shown us some finds obtained over the years from in and around his back garden. We have suggested to the villager that he should take a selection of these to the museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge or perhaps the Ely museum for a professional identification. In the meantime, if you can help identify one or more of these artefacts our villager would, we are sure, appreciate it. The villager does not wish to be named. However, should you wish to know who this is, please do ask using the comment form below.

EDIT April 2012: Richard Ashford tells us that “One of [the coins] looks like a Dutch Counting Token/Jeton which is a 1586-1635 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jeton normally inscribed HANNS KRAVWINCKEL IN N minted in Nuremburg. Better picture and description can be found on the UKDFD Ref 12931

Beads of various ages. We think the blue one may be Bronze Age?

Beads of various ages. We think the blue one may be Saxon?

Coins and spoon. Obverse

Coins and spoon. Obverse

Coins and spoon. Reverse

Coins and spoon. Reverse

Modern or older tunic buttons?

Modern or older tunic buttons?

Lead curse?

Lead curse?

Stone practise shot?

Stone practise shot?

Tooth and bone from what animal?

Tooth and bone from what animal?

Read more or comment