Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
The Cheapside Hoarde
You don't have to be a pirate to discover buried treasure; you don't even need to sail the seven seas in search of exotic lands. All you need is a pickaxe and a bit of luck.
In 1912, a group of workmen were excavating a cellar in London when they dug up a wooden box containing over four hundred pieces of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewellery. Included in the hoard were rings, cameos, chains, toadstones, brooches, and gemstones. It is ironic that these priceless heirlooms from the sixteenth and seventeenth century should be found on a street called Cheapside, but it is believed that the site had once been a goldsmith's, and that the treasures became lost during the Great Fire of London.
The workmen who found the jewels sold them to an antiques' dealer and pawn merchant known as Stoney Jack. Stoney Jack was also the 'Inspector of Excavations' for the London Museum. Now, having been locked away for over a hundred years, the collection is finally being brought to the public for the first time.
The Cheapside Hoard: London's Lost Jewels will be on display at the Museum of London from the 11th October - 27th April. Tickets can be booked for £10 or £8 concessions. If you go as part of a group, you can also book curator talks for £10 per person. 'Unearthing the Cheapside Hoard' will be about the role of London's jewellery trade, whereas 'Caring for the Cheapside Hoard' will give you insight into the methods used for preservation.